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Passing the baton

Following a turbulent stretch, athletes say new women’s track & field coach Elvis Forde has fostered a positive environment.

I don’t “ foresee those

things ... under my watch. This is about what I want to do.

Elvis Forde | first-year women’s track & field coach


ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor s a kid from Barbados, Elvis Forde took a risk. He was a long-sprint specialist representing his country on the track at the Junior Olympic level, and collegiate track types based northward began to take

notice. Programs like Kentucky State, Seton Hall University and the University of Mississippi inquired about the future four-time AllAmerican’s services, but he ultimately settled on Murray State, located near Kentucky’s southern border. A St. Andrew native accustomed to Barbados’ tropical climate, Temple’s new track & field coach had his first eye-opening experience in the states by his first morning. “It was summer and obviously the night was nice and warm the evening I arrived [at Murray State],” Forde said. “But then by morning the temperature had dropped to probably the mid-50s and I still put on shorts and flip flops because the sun was shining bright. But when I opened the door, it was a whole different temperature


TOP: Elvis Forde oversees the women’s track & field team during a practice last Saturday. BOTTOM: Simone Brownlee (center) and her teammates train for the Maryland Invitational, which is scheduled for Jan. 17.

CLA dean resigns after seven years at the helm JOHN MORITZ The Temple News

The College of Liberal Arts will begin a national search next fall for a new leader, following a tumultuous year for the school that saw a much publicized fight to retain a divisive African American studies professor and the departure of Dean Teresa Soufas. Soufas announced her resignation last week in an email letter addressed to students, faculty and staff, citing health concerns and the advice of her doctors in Philadelphia and New Orleans, where she previously spent 21 years teaching in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University. According to the letter and an official university statement, Soufas will begin a

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sabbatical to complete research on a book and several articles in her field of Spanish literature before returning to Temple to teach. Soufas said the sabbatical would last a year. “During my tenure here in the administration of CLA, I have felt the great honor of holding this position which has allowed me to work with each of you toward the goal of providing an exceptional research and learning experience for all members of the Temple University community,” Soufas’ note said. Soufas began her leadership of the CLA in July 2007, overseeing the development of several new programs – including in the fields of neuroscience and global studies – and a research budget that topped $15.5 million last year. But in the past two years, the college had struggled to contain internal turmoil within the historic African American studies Department, involving public struggles between two of the department’s professors.

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Sued for tuition, parents fight back


Teresa Soufas, leaving due to health reasons, said she will return after a sabbatical.

and that was something I had to get used to quite quickly. That was a huge cultural shock for me.” Forde’s chance translated into a lengthy career on both the collegiate and professional level, along with a Division I coaching experience that spans four decades. He transferred to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1982 and helped set indoor and outdoor NCAA records in the 4x400-meter relay in his senior year. Forde made Olympic appearances for Barbados in 1984 and 1988 as a professional before kicking off his head-coaching career at Austin Peay State in 1989. “I was one that was never afraid to be a risk taker, and I knew that when I left [Barbados], I was just taking a big risk in terms of going over [to the U.S.] to compete,” Forde said. Forde was hired as Temple’s new track & field coach this past August, three months after Illinois State opted not to renew his contract after a 12-year coaching stint. He said the move didn’t feel like another risk. His arrival, though, has followed a period of relative turmoil for his new program.

Caitlyn Ricci’s parents are appealing a court order to pay their daughter’s $16,000 tuition. PATRICIA MADEJ Managing Editor


Soufas’ tenure saw the creation of new programs and consecutive years of protests.

Following the retirement of African American Studies Chairman Nathaniel Norment in April 2012, Soufas was criticized by members of the department and local community for her appointment of a white woman to temporarily lead the department – well known for being the first of its kind in the country to offer doctorate degrees in 1987. Soufas countered that the faculty pick to lead the department, Temple dance professor Kariamu Welsh, was unacceptable because she was not a member of the department or college. Following a series of


With the help of a GoFundMe site, senior Temple student Caitlyn Ricci’s divorced parents are fighting back a court order to pay their daughter’s $16,000 out-of-state tuition for the 2013-14 academic year. This domestic legal battle began after Ricci moved out of her mother’s New Jersey home into her grandparents’ in February 2013. Earlier in December, a Superior Court judge ordered her parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, to pay for their daughter’s $906 tuition to Rowan College at Gloucester County, according to the Inquirer. Only McGarvey has paid

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her half of the $906, Caitlyn Ricci’s lawyer, Andrew Rochester, said. The appeal process, which could take over a year, will buy McGarvey and Michael Ricci some time before any further court action is taken to have them pay the $16,000. “They seem to believe they’re above the law,” Rochester said of Caitlyn Ricci’s parents. New Jersey laws state that determining a “parental obligation” to a pay a child’s college tuition requires consideration of “relevant case law and statutes.” Rochester said cases like this are not unusual. During the midst of the court hearings, McGarvey set up a WordPress site titled “The



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State House of Reps. begins 199th session Twenty-six legislators began their first terms in the Jan. 6 ceremony at the capitol. JOE BRANDT STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ 199th session began last Tuesday with a swearing-in ceremony in the state capitol attended by Gov. Elect Tom Wolf and Gov. Tom Corbett, as well as a majority of both state legislative bodies. The ceremony began the first terms of 26 new representatives, about 85 percent of whom are Republicans. Three of the four new incoming Democrats represent Philadelphia, including Temple student Jason Dawkins, whose 179th district includes the Frankford and Olney/Oak Lane neighborhoods. Dawkins, who is currently in an international business dualenrollment program with Temple and the Community College of Philadelphia, said business tactics developed in his major could help when it comes to politics. “I want to be able to apply those same diverse practices back into governing,” Dawkins told The Temple News during a lull in the inaugural legislative session. “And making sure that we are not only talking about one singular issue, but also more of the complex, diverse issues that we’re going to be faced with when [governing] a state like Pennsylvania.” Dawkins, who took two years off school to campaign and will attend classes during his term, said finishing school was something he wanted to do as “a personal achievement” and to be a good role model to his son. “It’s not really how you start off in life, it’s how you finish,” Dawkins said. “I want to finish strong.” Dawkins said one his main goals is increasing funding for public education, and he supports a funding formula. “There are other districts throughout the Commonwealth that are suffering due to poor educational opportunities,” Dawkins said. “We want to provide an adequate education based on our Constitutional rights, and obligations to give all those counties, not just Philadelphia County, a fair chance for educating their children.” Temple’s newest trustee, former Republican Speaker of the House Sam Smith will retire from legislative duty after representing the 66th district for the past 27 years. At the ceremony he passed on his responsibilities to Mike Turzai, the former majority leader who represents parts of Allegheny County in the 28th district. Smith passed the speaker’s gavel off to Turzai as a symbolic


The capitol building is across Walnut Street from Temple’s Harrisburg campus.

display of the change in leadership. “While there is power with this gavel, the more important thing is the responsibility that comes with it,” Smith said. Smith was unavailable for an interview afterward, his secretary said. As one of his last acts in the house, he appointed himself to Temple’s board. Since the state’s House of Representatives only has four of the 36 seats reserved on Temple’s Board, Philadelphia’s AFL-CIO President, Patrick Eiding, was forced to step down when the trustees affirmed Smith’s request at its Dec. 9 meeting. “I was told I was going to have the appointment again from the Speaker of the House, who for whatever reason, decided to appoint himself, and God bless him,” Eiding said. Smith “nominated himself to be a board member because he believes in Temple,” Chairman Patrick O’Connor said.

The ceremony also marks a new term for Democrat W. Curtis Thomas, who represents the 181st district which covers Main Campus. Thomas, who did not respond to multiple requests for comment, ran unopposed and saw one write-in vote against him. Thomas told The Temple News in November that his goals included increasing gun control and abolishing the state-controlled School Reform Commission that oversees the School District of Philadelphia. * news@temple-news.com ( 215.204.7419 T @JBrandt_TU, @Steve_Bohnel

Marketing campaign stresses student ‘grit’ More “Take Charge” television ads will begin airing this month. STEVE BOHNEL Assistant News Editor Across Main Campus and throughout Philadelphia, cherry-colored advertisements have popped up on billboards, in the airport, in subway stations and on buses. The new ads are all part of Temple’s new branding campaign, titled “Take Charge.” Karen Clarke, vice president for strategic marketing and communications, said the campaign focuses on what she calls the proactive nature of Temple students and alumni. “Temple students don’t wait for things to be handed to them,” Clarke said. “They actually step forward, take initiative, they take charge.” The campaign, which started in October 2014, was created by Temple’s marketing team in collaboration with One Sixty Over Ninety Inc., a branding agency located just south of City Hall. The agency has worked previously with Michigan State and Notre Dame, along with companies like Nike and Mercedes-Benz. One aspect of the campaign that remains from last year is the “Temple Made” hashtag, which Clarke said was important but also created some obstacles that “Take Charge” looks to overcome. “‘Temple Made’ is kind of past tense,” Clarke said. “You’re ‘Temple Made’ once you graduate … students and recent alums really rallied around that feeling because that defined them … [but] there were some donors who said, ‘If you’re Self-

Made, Philly-Made, Temple-Made, what do you need my money for?’ So we want people to feel engaged so that they support scholarships and other kinds of things.” Clarke added that “Temple Made” is starting to become Temple’s “secret handshake,” helping to bridge gaps between those who aren’t students or alums to the university. Clarke said several student organizations on Main Campus – including Temple Student Government, PRowl and Diamond Edge – helped in the process of creating the campaign. Student Body President Ray Smeriglio said TSG brainstormed ideas for the campaign with Temple’s marketing team and One Sixty Over Ninety in order to create something that represents the diverse student body at Temple. Smeriglio also has appeared in the TV ads for the campaign, which he said helps portray multiple aspects of Temple students. “This [campaign] really captures the breath of a Temple student,” Smeriglio said. “Not just the academic side, but the social side, the working side, the city-life side.” He added that this depiction will help encourage those looking at Temple as a college choice to apply and enroll. “The prospective-student piece is extremely important,” Smeriglio said. “Students that are coming to Temple are students that identify with this model, with this campaign … so you’re getting the [same type] of student to keep this community going.” Even though many advertisements are already present throughout Philadelphia and the


“Take Charge” advertisements were placed on the turnstiles at the Cecil B. Moore subway station.

TV spots have been on-air for the past couple of months, Clarke said there is still work to be done. “You’ll start to see [another] wave of advertisements coming at the end of January,” Clarke said. “That will involve television ads where we can really tell our story in different ways … it will be designed to target different kinds of audiences to really help make Temple relevant to them whomever they may be.” Clarke said the entire cost of the campaign thus far has been about $650,000, with the bulk of expenses allocated to research and planning, which has cost around $250,000. The next largest sum was the initial planning and development of materials, which was approximately $150,000. Because Temple’s marketing division is a central administrative unit, much of the funding for these campaigns come from student tuition, Clarke said. She projects the future costs of the campaign will be slightly more than the first phase

this past fall, but is still deciding exactly how much to spend. “I want to look at opportunities where we advertise smart,” Clarke said. “All of it can’t be centered right here in Philadelphia … it’s really important that people outside of Philadelphia start to understand and know Temple. That to me is a really important goal of our marketing campaign.” Similarly, Smeriglio hopes “Take Charge” causes Temple students to make an impact after they graduate. “I think it’s transcendent in that [you’re] taking charge not only at Temple, but after you leave as well,” Smeriglio said. “Going out into the community, going out into the workplace, taking charge and representing not only yourself very well but representing Temple University.” * steven.bohnel@temple.edu ( 215.204.7419

Fox’s Online MBA program ranked No. 1 in the nation U.S. News & World Report gave a 5-year-old program top marks. JOE BRANDT News Editor When U.S. News and World Report gave advance notice to the Fox School of Business that its Online MBA program would tie for No. 1 in the country, the rankings hadn’t yet been released. So the program’s academic director, Darin Kapanjie, had to let it remain a secret for five days until the official announcement. “It was hard to keep it quiet,” Kapanjie, who started as a statistics professor in 2003, said in a phone interview Thursday.

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Temple’s five-year-old program tied with other schools like Indiana University–Bloomington and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in the rankings released last Wednesday. U.S. News annually ranks a variety of programs in higher education, including an overall list for schools. It ranked the entire university No. 121 in the country when its “Best Colleges” list was released in September. “At Fox, we take rankings really seriously,” Kapanjie said, mentioning previous rankings specific to the business school for things like affordability. “So to be ranked No. 1 for an entire program, it’s huge. … I’m just on Cloud Nine right now.” The Online MBA rankings focused on five categories: student engagement, admissions se-

lectivity, peer reputation, faculty prestige and student services. 2015 was the first year that oncampus and online MBA programs were ranked separately: in 2014, Temple’s MBA program was ranked ninth. Students enrolled in the online MBA program – 173 total at Kapanjie’s last count – learn through a flipped-classroom model, which entails viewing short video segments on the relevant topics before attending once-weekly classes held online that focus heavily on group work. The video segments are available through the Video Vault, a subset of the Fox School’s site that boasts around 1,400 videos on business subjects and is accessible to anyone with a university username and password. Kapanjie said many of the videos on the site, which he calls a “cross between


Lynda, Youtube and Khan Academy,” have been recorded in a studio housed on Main Campus. The Video Vault is maintained by “instructional designers” who know the curriculum, he said. “We take the hard part away from the faculty and have them focus on what they’re best at, which is teaching,” Kapanjie said. A featured video on the site shows him discussing the absolute maximum and minimum of an interval on a graph. Students can enter the program in August, January or May. Tuition to the 48-credit program is about $1,296 per credit with scholarships available to coworkers who attend together and university alumni. * jbrandt@temple.edu





Officer Sherrelle Mitchell adjusts the hat of her colleague, Officer Melissa Tracton.

Temple Police officers ‘going to stand by each other’ Some officers were motivated to attend an NYPD funeral. JENNY KERRIGAN The Temple News Among the “sea of blue” in attendance of New York City Police Officer Rafael Ramos’ memorial on Dec. 27 in Queens was a cadre of Temple Police showing their support. Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 while sitting in their patrol car. According to the New York Times, the NYPD believe the gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, was motivated by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. “When something like that

happens it’s not about whether you are going to go, you’ve got to be there,” said Corporal Francisco Gonzalez of Temple Police. Gonzalez and a team of four other Temple Police officers left from 30th Street station around 5:30 a.m. They met with Amtrak Police’s New York Division when they arrived and were escorted throughout the city and to the memorial service. According to the New York Times, more than 20,000 police officers from as far as England attended the funeral. “They were talking to us, shaking our hands, and giving us patches from their department. It was definitely a support thing,” Temple Police Officer Melissa Tracton said. Despite the shared sense of

unity, the officers described the memorial service as emotional. “When you get there, there is one moment where it affects you,” Gonzalez said. “For me, it’s when you see on the big screen that their kids are standing outside while his body is being placed in the ground.” “It’s tough when you see that,” Gonzalez added. “It’s an emotional day being there and you’re there with 30,000 other people, seeing the family of Ramos and how they’re reacting and you know that they have kids and for me, I have kids.” Officer Anthony Patterson, one of Temple’s attendees, said his main reason for attending was simply to show support. “With all the publicity against police I wanted to be a part of it and show unity that we’re all going to stand by each

other no matter what,” Patterson said. Gonzalez said the Temple officers joined in when many turned their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who that area’s police union president had criticized in the wake of the officers’ deaths. A similar act took place at the Jan. 4 funeral for Ramos’ partner Wenjian Liu. Mayor de Blasio later called the displays “disrespectful” to the families of the officers. “That show of unity was needed and that's what was done out of support for all those NYPD Officers that morning,” Gonzalez said. “We had no intentions on disrespecting Officers Ramos and Liu. We just stood on that line with our fellow NYPD Officers in blue.” Tension between civilians and police swelled in Au-

gust after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Since, there have been protests in most major cities including Philadelphia, which also incorporated the non-indictment of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo after the death of Eric Garner in July. Temple students have held their own peaceful protests against police brutality and race-tension in light of Garner’s case and recent officer-involved shootings. “France, New York City, Ferguson, all of that affects us indirectly but it still affects us,” Gonzalez said. “With everything going on it seems like it’s almost a war against police right now,” Officer Tracton added. “I mean people say things, if you stop

somebody or pull them over, they’re going to start talking about Ferguson.” In an attempt to ease tension here on Main Campus, Temple Police have begun sensitivity and diversity training to improve interactions with students and community members, the officers said. “It’s tough. We see a lot of different cultures every day especially here at Temple, it’s a diverse campus, you’re going to see a diverse mix of people,” Gonzalez said. “Knowing how to deal with different people on a daily basis is key. We’ve been lucky that we haven’t had too many clashes with civilians and police here.” * jennifer.kerrigan@temple.edu

TUH avoids funding cut The government cut Medicare funding for 721 hospitals. JENNY KERRIGAN The Temple News After the federal government program aimed to reduce Medicare funding to hospitals with an unsatisfactory level of conditions and infections, 721 institutions suffered a 1 percent drop, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Temple University Hospital was able to stay off that list. The Hospital-AcquiredConditions Reduction Program seeks to reduce HACs, or infections patients contract while staying in the hospital. HACs are calculated and given scores based on three measures, Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections and “Serious Complications,” which includes bedsores and bloodstream infections after surgery. According to Modern Healthcare, a healthcare trade publication whose target audience is executives in the field, “The HAC Reduction Program

is part of a far-reaching effort that … aims to aggressively move the federal government toward paying for high performance rather than volume of services.” Robert Lux, vice president and chief financial officer of Temple University Health System, said the healthcare industry is changing. “It is trying to transform itself from an industry that just performs and provides volumebased services, more X-rays, more this, to an industry that is very interested and focused on outcomes and quality,” Lux said. He said TUH has implemented new programs to prevent HACs, and increased its emphasis on sanitary measures like washing hands and closely monitoring patients with catheters to prevent central line infections. One of the new programs TUH has created is the Accountable Care Unit Program, which teaches clinical professionals to work together as a team, as opposed to individually. Of the measures the hospital has taken overall, Lux said “it has allowed Temple Hospital to move a little bit further, and maybe a little bit faster, on that

transition to accountability and quality than maybe some other organizations.” Ken Kaiser, Temple’s vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, attributed TUH’s stability to its partnership with the Commonwealth. “We’ve always been that safety net hospital in North Philadelphia,” Kaiser said. “That has allowed us to get a lot of experience when we’re working with the commonwealth and the federal government in maximizing all of the reimbursement opportunities because we’ve been at it for so long.” Despite Temple’s ability to hold onto its Medicare funding, there is always the fear that the hospital may not meet the necessary guidelines the next time around. “The future of healthcare is such an uncertain area at this point,” Kaiser said. “Nobody has a crystal ball. All we can do is continue to leverage the knowledge and expertise that we have and make sure we’re trying to influence public policy as much as possible.” * jennifer.kerrigan@temple.edu


Temple University Hospital is located on North Broad Street between Ontario and Tioga streets.



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Keep tuition out of court The legal battle between but that her parents denied Temple senior Caitlyn Ricci paying her tuition anyway. and her parents, regarding who So she sued. is responsible N e w for paying her A student suing her parents Jersey law raises question on college requires dicollege tuition, has reexpenses and who should vorced parceived nationents to pay pay for them. al attention. for their chilLast month, media outdren’s tuition, protecting some lets reported that a New Jersey who are given unfair disadSuperior Court judge ordered vantages as a result of parents Ricci’s divorced parents, Miseparating. chael Ricci and Maura McGarPaying for college is unvey, to pay for their daughter’s doubtedly difficult, especially $16,000 out-of-state tuition to in situations without parental Temple in addition to the $906 support. But there are plenty in tuition from her time at who get by without it – stuRowan College at Gloucester dents who work tirelessly to County. pay their way through school, McGarvey has paid her some of whom will be facing half of the $906, but Michael loans for the next several deRicci hasn’t. Neither is yet recades. sponsible for paying any part Republican New Jersey of the $16,000, pending the Assemblyman Christopher results of an appeal. Brown is working on new legCaitlyn Ricci is being islation to prevent future cases supported by her grandparents, like the one brought forth by whose home she moved into Caitlyn Ricci. It’s difficult, in February 2013. On McGarand perhaps impossible, to devey’s blog, she said her and her termine why this relationship ex-husband set up conditions between mother, father and on which they would help pay daughter soured in such a drasfor her college: including gettic way. But both Caitlyn Ricci ting a full-time job, enrolling and her parents should resolve in summer classes and comtheir differences quickly and pleting household chores. find an amicable solution, beCaitlyn Ricci’s lawyer, cause this is a case that should Andrew Rochester, said his have no place in the American client performed these tasks judicial system.

Focus on fair funding hear their concerns. With a projected deficit Education is just one secalready at $2 billion looming tor that needs money – tuition over Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, has risen steadily across the many institutions, includstate and here at Temple. This ing Temple, are nonetheless past summer, prepared to ask for more The new state leadership the Board of funding. should address past funding Trustees announced that T h e cuts to education. state-related tuition would university anrise almost 4 nounced in September that it percent for the current school would request a 5 percent inyear. crease in its Commonwealth The raising of tuition appropriation after three years cannot continue much longer. of flat funding following a Students need the security of $32 million cut in 2011. That knowing that someday, eventucut was one of a slew of fiscal ally, tuition might decrease, or belt-tightenings the outgoing at least freeze. And at a univerGovernor Tom Corbett had insity which receives about 16 stituted across the state during percent of its budget from the the recession. Temple currentcommonwealth, the legislature ly receives about $140 million is to a degree responsible for from the state each year. preventing student debt. Other state-related schools The Temple News, in Harincluding the University of risburg on Jan. 6, witnessed Pittsburgh, Penn State and the soft-spoken Speaker Mike the state’s entire public higher Turzai repeatedly calling the education system have also reHouse session to order, the quested funding increases after legislators off somewhere cuts or flat appropriations that grabbing a bite and chatting are worth less and less each with their families. Reluctantyear with rising costs. ly, they sauntered in, cookies And now, with the new and juice in hand, their chatlegislature sworn in as of last ting overpowering Turzai’s week and Wolf set to be invoice as he demanded to get augurated a week from today, the session started. it’s almost time for Harrisburg Hopefully, once the real to really get to work on these legislative season gets started, issues. The line of institutions they listen. This year, Harrislooking for more state dollars burg needs cooperation for real change. will start forming, and legislators need to be prepared to

CORRECTIONS The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Avery Maehrer at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.

Oct. 21, 1966: Students gathered shortly after the construction and opening of Paley Library on Main Campus. The expanded library included increased texts and new technology (above). Paley Handbook, a list of resources and services available through the new library was distributed to students (below). In December 2014, almost 50 years later, an updated library was announced as part of the “Visualize Temple’”plan to come to fruition in 2018.

commentary | foreign relations

Film closes in theaters, opens dialogue One student hopes the controversial film will inspire foreign conversation.


always spend Christmas Day at the movies with my family. This year in the weeks leading up to the holiday, cyber hackers threatened this tradi-

tion. The movie “The Interview,” which was set to open on Dec. 25, triggered controversy with its satirical portrayal of two American journalists who seek to assassinate North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un. The Sony hackers, whom the FBI has JENNY ROBERTS claimed are from North Korea, threatened movie theaters playing this film with attacks reminiscent of 9/11. On Dec. 17, Sony responded by announcing it would pull the film, but later decided to release “The Interview” in a limited number of independent theaters on Christmas Day. Many Americans were disconcerted about “The Interview” being pulled from big, chain theaters and about the terrorist threats that may have come from North Korea. Many who wouldn’t have seen “The Interview” otherwise made it their patriotic duty to endure Seth Rogen and James Franco’s silly, and sometimes vulgar, antics. Some sought out independent movie theaters that were still playing the film, while others rented the movie on Video On Demand. YouTube even made “The Interview” available for streaming online. Seeing the film one way or another became equivalent to heroically exercising one’s freedom of speech and taking a stance against foreign intimidation. The Roxy Theater, home to the Philadelphia Film Society, is the only theater currently playing the movie in the city. “There was a decision made by Sony to pull the film last minute,” said Managing Director of PFS, Parinda Patel. “We probably would have played the film on Christmas Day [if it weren’t for scheduling conflicts].” “We don’t bow down to terrorism,” said Brian Miller, managing director of The Pearl Theatre at Avenue North. The

Pearl was set to show the film before it was pulled by Sony. “We were told to take preliminary precautions,” Patel said of the theater’s decision to show “The Interview.” Of course, I also don’t believe that the United States should submit to demands made by terrorists, but I don’t believe we should make this movie into a rallying cry for freedom of speech either. The U.S. media and the U.S. public’s news consumption are some of the main targets of satire in the movie. The truth is that this comedy makes fun of the United

cil called for North Korea’s human rights conditions to be placed on their agenda for continued deliberation. The progress that has been made in addressing North Korea’s human rights violations over the past several months has suddenly been overshadowed by Hollywood’s most recent action-comedy. Unfortunately, the writers and actors of “The Interview” failed to draw attention to North Korea’s real problems. This movie could have worked to expose the depravity of North Korea’s totalitarian regime, but instead the creators of “The

can’t expect Seth Rogen and James Franco “to We lead our movements for social change. We, as informed U.S. citizens, must do this ourselves. ” States almost as much as it does North Korea. Seeing “The Interview” does not combat terrorism or hurt Jong-un. “I think the entire movie was kind of a shame – it could’ve been used to bring attention to the plight of the people of North Korea,” said Allie Leber, a freshman political science major. “The Interview” should have drawn more attention to the issue we should focus on in North Korea — the gross human rights violations of Jong-un’s totalitarian regime. It seems to me that the controversy surrounding “The Interview” has misdirected energy and attention that could otherwise be spent on learning about North Korea’s human rights violations. In November, the U.N. General Assembly recognized the U.N. Commission of Inquiry report, which documents the human rights atrocities committed by the North Korean government. The Commission of Inquiry report, which was published last February, notes crimes against humanity that include starvation, forced labor, rape and torture. The General Assembly officially denounced these crimes in December. The General Assembly also voted to have North Korea’s human rights issue moved to the U.N. Security Council, which is considering taking the issue to the International Criminal Court. This past December, two-thirds of the Security Coun-

Interview” chose to focus more energy on incorporating Jong-un’s love of basketball into their script, along with a few raciallyoffensive jokes. In its defense, “The Interview” is a comedy. We can’t expect Seth Rogen and James Franco to lead our movements for social change. We, as informed U.S. citizens, must do this ourselves. The first step toward change in North Korea’s capital city, Pyongyang and beyond is to make sure we continue talking about the country. We must work to publicize the human rights violations of Jong-un’s government. While we condemn Jong-un and his administration’s behavior, hopefully the U.S. government can cut off any funding to the North Korean government. The U.S. government’s recent sanctions on North Korea are a start, and if the United States puts the totalitarian regime back on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, more sanctions will follow. Hopefully, all the controversy surrounding this movie will lead to some real, lasting changes for North Korea. And if this controversy does anything for the United States, I hope it reminds all of us how lucky we are to be living in a democracy where we have freedom of speech. Let’s use this freedom to make a difference. * jennifer.roberts@temple.edu




commentary | City Safety

For students, mixed reaction on body cameras Body cameras are the first step in ending police brutality.


t seems that every day since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, stories of police brutality are growing in numbers. Many are searching for a solution to the problem, and one step toward positive change may have been found: body cameras. In some jurisdictions, VINCE BELLINO police have long worn cameras, and studies, like one by the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center showed the cameras had a positive relationship in improving officer and citizen interaction. Philadelphia police need to adopt the same policy – body cameras, turned on at all times, for every on-duty police officer in the Philadelphia Police Department. An article published by The Guardian on Nov. 4, 2013 reported that in a study conducted in the town of Rialto, California, where all 70 police officers wore cameras, complaints against officers and use of force went down by 88 percent and 60 percent, respectively. If this program is working, why isn’t it being tried in other areas? The main complaint is cost – in December the Washington Post reported a body camera costs approximately $1,000. According to its website, the PPD is made up of more than 6,600 officers. To outfit each officer with a body camera could total over 6.6 million dollars. This number seems incredibly high — until one reads the money paid out over a five-year period to settle police misconduct lawsuits. The Daily News reported that from January 2009 to October 2014, the PPD settled 584 of its 1,223 lawsuits, at a total of $40 million according to a study published on muckrock. com. It would take less than a year to make up for lost money in lawsuits if police complaints were to fall at such a rate as studies have suggested. The backbone of the argument is that the cameras keep officers accountable. “When you know you're being watched you behave a little better. That's just human nature,” Tony Farrar, a police chief in Rialto, California told The Guardian. In the report published

by Michael White of the OJP Diagnostic Center, it was determined that there is enough evidence to support that there is a “civilizing effect” on officers knowingly being recorded. It was also noted that citizens are less likely to report false or trivial complaints if they know that they are being recorded. As responsible and informed citizens, we have a responsibility to push for the highest of standards in regards to our safety and the protection of our rights. Therefore, body cameras alone are not the onestep solution to the issue of police brutality. On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was killed by police officers for selling untaxed cigarettes. He was choked out, a maneuver banned in 1993, and it was all captured on video. On Dec. 4, we learned that there would be no indictment by a grand jury in

officers are equipped with body cameras. If we do bear witness to inappropriate police actions, then it is our responsibility to share the experience. We cannot expect things to change if we do not know what is in our power to make sure that corrupt or inappropriately behaving police officers are held accountable for their actions. The PPD absolutely needs to take the first step in implementing body cameras for every officer sooner rather than later. We have seen entirely too much police brutality and misconduct across the nation recently to justify continued inaction in finding a solution. Body cameras are the first

Drawbacks to the program must be considered.


he recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, where two grand juries refused to return indictments for two white police officers who killed two unarmed black men, have forced a serious, if not opportunistic, debate about police reform. Perhaps the most powerful suggestion to emerge from this debate is that all police officers should be equipped with body cameras that allow for recording of all confrontations with ordinary individuals. While this

Can body camera programs improve police-citizen relationships?

central storage server, which is retained only for a short period of time unless the police officer does something – like draw his weapon – at which point the data is permanently stored. This program has many positives. However, despite the obvious benefits, the camera program as formulated has several drawbacks, of which the first is cost. As reported last month, the cost of each camera can exceed several hundred dollars. Thus the question: who pays? One solution, as evinced by President Obama’s recent police-reform package, is the federal government. But increased aid from Washington means more federal control of municipal police departments, which in turn will force the departments to reallocate resources away from the communities in which they serve – and in which they are presumably building


Garner’s killing. The death of Eric Garner demonstrates exactly why body cameras are only the first step in holding police officers accountable for their actions and for the protection of citizens. Citizens, both in Philadelphia and around the world, need to be educated about their rights when dealing with police officers, including filming them until such a time when police

step in solving the problem, followed by citizen responsibility. If we incorporate these ideas into our lives and into Philadelphia, we will create a safer, better city to live in. * vince.bellino@temple.edu

is probably an inevitable reform – and one, at least in theory, positive – I stray from the bullishness of many to raise a few points of caution. Many American cities, including Philadelphia, as recently reported on the Broad and Cecil news blog, are now piloting camera programs. The best of them operate as follows: a small camera attached to the police officer’s lapel transmits a constant stream of data to some

relationships—to bureaucrats in Washington. Allocating more control to Washington will also increase the influence of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, which, like unions writ large, is generally opposed to most attempts at reform. Case in point: the union staunchly supports the Pentagon program that recycles military-grade equipment to local police departments. It seems,

at least to me, that that program and the idea to equip all officers with body cameras lie on different sides of a political equation; one may come only at the expense of the other. Police unions also lie at the heart of a second problem, more infantile than the first but no less important, which concerns how reform is implemented. As reported last week in the NY Post, the rate of police activity since the New York police union’s confrontation with Mayor Bill de Blasio is down sig- KEVIN TRAINER nificantly. The Post attributes the falling rates to, essentially, a striking police force. While the New York case is unique – the police union has felt attacked by de Blasio since the inception of his campaign – it demonstrates that the strong-armed imposition of reforms can potentially lead to net negative outcomes from a reformer’s perspective. A third problem with police wearing body cameras is the issue of privacy. Camera technology will continue to improve, especially if and when large police departments enter the body camera market. Thus, it is not hard to imagine policeborne cameras that can capture and store all sorts of data. Most people, at least now when game is one-sided, will happily sacrifice seemingly superfluous privacy for more police accountability. But as the national outrage over the NSA’s comprehensive, albeit impersonal, wiretapping program demonstrates, many folks happily trade the idea of privacy for the idea of safety – only until their own privacy is compromised. To me, the bottom line is this: police departments, and their representative unions, are political entities, especially those operating in urban centers. They operate through political processes, which are defined by negotiation and compromise, and typically, although by no means always, produce optimal results when cranked carefully. Any attempt at reform, if not initiated in collaboration with police departments, may compromise the very outcomes reform advocates so eagerly seek. The best path forward is prudence: allow the many pilot programs currently employed to continue, analyze their results, and reform accordingly. * kevin.trainer@temple.edu

commentary | resources

Plan for new library focuses on needs of new learners Student input is necessary to building a successful, modern learning space.


eginning sometime late this year, according to the university’s comprehensive campus plan “Visualize Temple,” Main Campus will begin a drastic makeover, as reported last month. At the heart of the plan is a $190 million, 210,000 squarefoot state-of-the-art library, set to replace Barton Hall along 13th Street, between Norris Street and Polett Walk. The library, if it can be called one, is being designed by KEVIN TRAINER the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and will include many amenities outside of what could be called the traditional, current Paley Library– a green roof, a robotic book-retrieval system and a balcony. According to the Visualize Temple plan, students will enter the library under a large archway peering out on a similarly ambitious green space, which, at one square city block, is the largest in

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Temple’s history. But what exactly is a library, if not a place to store and circulate books? The library will have a “highly varied ecosystem” of spaces, Joseph Lucia, the dean of University Libraries said in a university press release. Translation: this isn’t your grandmother’s library. Well, then, who’s is it? Freshman information science and technology major Ryan Rasso is not so sure. “I don’t know [the library plan] in depth, but it obviously will cost a lot of money,” he said. Rasso isn’t the only one foggy on the details: after the robotic book retrieval system and the archway and the square footage and the price tag, much of the details are still to be determined. One thing seems for sure: the age of stack after stack of books, cataloged just so, is over. In its place is something new – something, well, millennial. And amid the murky water, Rasso said he sees opportunity. Because the details of the library project remain nebulous, Rasso said, and especially because the design calls for a library for modern times, students have the opportunity

to contribute to the library’s design, and what they want out of the project. “We do not need another Tech Center,” Rasso said. Students are repositories of information, which, if tapped, can turn a good project into a great project. Such is the case here, when the essential question is how to design a library for the students pioneering the digital age. That is why the administration must continue to engage the student population en masse throughout the design process. As a 27-year-old graduate student, I am an observer from a bygone era. I cannot picture a library without books. But this isn’t my library. This is a library for tomorrow’s student. The libraries that were my libraries are fast becoming ancient relics. Visit any of Philadelphia’s vast network of library branches and observe what libraries are becoming: storage spaces for an underused collection of paper books and an access point to various social media. Students just 10 years my junior engage with space and information in fantastically new ways.

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libraries are fast becoming ancient relics.


The outstanding question is whether they will succeed with the resources this library has to offer. “Libraries have never really been merely about the stuff they house, they have always been about inspiration,” Lucia said in the university’s press release. “They are environments designed to connect people to ideas and call communities together for creative engagement with the life of the mind and the imagination.” Lucia’s observation is correct, as far as it goes. But the devil is in the implementation. And, in this case, students may just know better. The “Visualize Temple” plan with the new library at the center marks an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design something that is long-lasting, practical, student centered and, well, cool. I take comfort knowing that though tastes and designs will shift, values need not. The best libraries all share similar characteristics. They are welcoming; they are egalitarian and finally, they are massive, for there is a lot to learn. * kevin.trainer@temple.edu




Temple’s Office of Community Relations has coordinated with several local organizations in preparation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19. An opening ceremony for the holiday’s observance will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Girard College, on the corner of Corinthian and Girard avenues. Activities begin at 8:45 a.m., which include Human Resource Training led by Michael Robinson, a community outreach and hiring director at Temple. Community Relations is also looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of projects at Girard, including nursing and medical students, who will work with the Department of Nursing at the Health and Wellness Fair. Several clean-up projects are planned for the day, including ones at Berean Presbyterian Church, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and the Penrose Recreation Center. Temple University Black Alumni Alliance has worked with Community Relations to lead a painting, cleaning, and organization project at the Tanner G. Duckrey Elementary School, which starts at 9:30 a.m. Those interested in volunteering should contact Community and Neighborhood Affairs Director Andrea Swan at 215-2047409 or aswan@temple.edu. -Steve Bohnel


Zaria Estes, the 15-year-old girl who pled guilty to charges in connection to the attacking of a Temple student with a brick in March, will be sentenced for the incident this Wednesday. Estes pled guilty to charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy and possession of an instrument on Oct. 14 and was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17, but that had been rescheduled. The state dropped three additional charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment of another person. Two other girls involved in the attack were initially charged as adults, but the charges were later dropped after court proceedings. Estes faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the aggravated assault charge. -Steve Bohnel


President Obama revealed a new proposed plan that would offer two years of free community college “for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” he said in an official White House video released on Thursday. In order for students to stay on the plan, they will be required to attend community college at least half-time while maintaining a 2.5 GPA. Community colleges would need to offer either academic programs that completely transfer credits to local four-year colleges and universities, or occupational training programs that have high graduation rates and offer degrees and certificates that are in-demand for the workforce, according to the White House release. If the proposal is implemented, the federal government will contribute three-quarters of the tuition cost for two years of community college, which will be around $60 billion during the next 10 years. States would need to grant the rest of the money for qualified students. -Steve Bohnel


After a 36-day search, the body of Shane Montgomery was found in the Schuylkill, not far from Kildare’s Irish Pub in Manayunk, where he was last seen on Thanksgiving. The Inquirer reported that six volunteer divers found the body at 12:09 a.m. on Jan. 3, three to four feet deep near the riverbank. The divers, who are part of the Garden State Underwater Recovery unit, had found Montgomery’s keys 800 yards upstream on Dec. 21. “Today we have done what we promised. We found and brought Shane home,” Montgomery’s parents posted on their Facebook page, Help Find Shane Montgomery, on Jan. 3. Funeral services for the deceased West Chester student were held at St. John the Baptist Church on Thursday, the Daily News reported. Around 1,000 people were in attendance. According to the Facebook page, a Memorial Cut-A-Thon will be held at Salon Glam Couture Color by Nanci Butterly on Jan. 25. Haircuts and 50/50 raffles will be offered, with all the proceeds going to the Montgomery family. -Steve Bohnel


According to a Jan. 12 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, schools like Duke and the University of Maryland – College Park are now offering more career services for doctoral students. Job openings for Ph.D. students are declining while more people are obtaining the level of degree, according to federal data cited in the article. “Some faculty members in the humanities and social sciences were adamant that if you’re admitting a student to pursue a Ph.D., they should be pursuing a career in academia,” Jacqueline Looney, a senior associate dean at Duke, told The Chronicle. “Students are not finding the positions they thought the would after five, six and seven years of Ph.D. study,” Looney said. -Joe Brandt



HIV research continuing Researchers hope to hone their method of virus removal for safe use in humans. LIORA ENGEL-SMITH The Temple News The team of Temple scientists who successfully eliminated HIV from human cells last July will seek to replicate their success in primates. A team of researchers led by Dr. Kamel Khalili, director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at the university and chair of the Department of Neuroscience, used newly emerging techniques in gene therapy and bioinformatics to arm immune system cells with highly targeted molecular “machinery” – also known the Cas9/gRNA system – that locates and eliminates HIV hiding inside human DNA. “All the stars lined up for us,” Khalili said of the achievement first announced in July. Once HIV infects the human body, it does not leave. Instead, it inserts itself into cel-

lular DNA, wreaking havoc in the body’s immune system periodically. To date, dozens of available drug therapies can subdue the virus, but none can remove it from a cell. “As long as [the cells] have Cas9 and there is a particular targeting RNA in the cell, cells become protected from HIV infections,” Khalili said. The team “taught” the cells to “delete” HIV by inserting DNA-encoded instructions for the Cas9/ gRNA machinery. The cells “read” the instructions and assemble a DNA-cutting enzyme (Cas9), and an HIV-specific tag (gRNA) which locates the virus inside the cell. Once the virus is eliminated, cells use their own enzymes to repair themselves. The technology is not only specific, but also highly customizable. RNA tags can easily be tailored to capture HIV even if it mutates, said Dr. Wenhui Hu, who co-directed the study with Dr. Khalili. So far, the team has successfully eliminated HIV from

As long as [the cells] have Cas9 and there is a particular targeting RNA.... cells become protected from HIV infections.

Dr. Kamel Khalili | lead researcher

cell lines, but proving this concept in whole organisms poses new challenges. “Our biggest challenge is to find a [safe and effective] delivery system [into the body],” said Dr. Rafal Kaminski, a member of the research team. “We don’t have control [over where] our [Cas9/gRNA] genes get integrated. This could be potentially unsafe if the segment disrupts working genes,“ he said. Despite these potential difficulties, Khalili and his team believe their initial results can eventually be replicated in primates, and then in humans.

However, Khalili stressed that this discovery is far from ready for the clinic. The team is seeking funding sources to continue this line of research. "We're going to do our utmost to get this technology to patients as soon as possible," he said. And there are many patients who could benefit from this treatment. According to a 2012 CDC estimate, more than 1.2 million Americans aged 13 or older live with HIV. An additional 50,000 Americans are infected annually. Meanwhile, the team has collaborated with University of Pennsylvania and Drexel scientists to combat with the same technology. “We're moving forward in the HIV eradication project, and we are also assisting other scientists at Temple and outside of Temple to implement this technology for their own research in other areas,” Khalili said. * liora.engel-smith@temple.edu

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Age of Entitlement” detailing her experience with her daughter. After Caitlyn Ricci was kicked out of the Disney College Program for underage drinking, her parents imposed a set of rules that included household chores, a full-time job and summer classes, according to McGarvey’s blog. Under the agreement, Rochester said her parents would help pay for college. “She followed her parent’s chores. She got a full time job, took summer classes,” Rochester said. “They still said, ‘We’re still not paying for her college.’” Rochester also said that McGarvey and Michael Ricci’s combined household income is over $270,000. “Although Caitlyn may think she won, no one won this court case,” McGarvey wrote in her blog. “This is a family that has already lost so much. I have lost my child. We lost the moment Caitlyn’s grandparents helped her hire a lawyer to sue her parents, instead of telling her to come home and work it out.” Neither Caitlyn Ricci nor McGarvey responded to multiple requests for comment. In one month, the “McGarvey Appeal Fund” on GoFundMe.com has already raised $3,700 of its $20,000 goal. Caitlyn Ricci’s parents are also working with Republi-


Senior Temple student Caitlyn Ricci.

can New Jersey Assemblyman Christopher Brown on new legislation to assure other New Jersey parents do not have to undergo similar experiences in court. “This is a disturbing intrusion of government into private lives,” Brown said in a press release. “Removing the parents from the decision-making process sets a bad precedent. Children can unilaterally decide where they want to go to college, and the courts will force the parents to pay the bills. How can you defend that?” However, Rochester says that Caitlyn Ricci’s case will

She got a full time job, took “ summer classes...They still said,

‘We’re still not paying for her college.’ Andrew Rochester | attorney

not set a precedent for future students to bring their parents to court to pay for mounting tuition, because the parental obligation to support a child is already the law in New Jersey. “For whatever reason, people think this is some new, novel and unusual – it’s not,”

he said. “What’s most distressing in this case – looking at it as a father, as a person – looking at how willing they are to destroy Caitlyn.” * patricia.madej@temple.edu ( 215.204.6737 T @PatriciaMadej

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public protests in Spring 2013, Soufas accepted the department’s nomination of Molefi Asante, who headed the department from 1984 to 1997, to once again serve as chair. But unrest returned in the spring of 2014, after Anthony Monteiro, a nontenured professor in the African American studies department, fought Soufas’ decision not to renew his contract. Monteiro, who had been vocal in his opposition to Soufas’ handling of the vacant chair position the year before, said the decision not to renew his contract was payback for “standing up to [Soufas] bullying, pointing fingers at black men.” Soufas said the decision was recommended by Asante as part of a redirec-

tion of the department’s scholarship, and Asante also told The Temple News at the time he supported not giving Monteiro a new contract. “The department is changing directions, away from civic issues in American history to other areas,” Soufas told The Temple News in 2013. In September 2014, Asante announced that he was considering changing the name of the department to Africology to represent the department’s study of African people beyond geographic boundaries. The name change has yet to be finalized. Soufas’ departure is also the first departure of a sitting dean under university President Neil Theobald. When Theobald took over the presidency on Jan. 1 2013, four of the university’s colleges were without a permanent dean. Theobald made it a defining position of his first year at the university to fill all

four dean vacancies quickly, while at the same time installing a decentralized budget model that requires deans to control their colleges’ budgets. National searches were conducted to find new heads at three of the four colleges, and one dean was named from within the university. As with other recent vacancies left at the head of schools and colleges, an interim dean is expected to be announced in the next few weeks. Temple will begin a nationwide search to find a permanent replacement during the next academic year, with an announcement to be made in 2016, according to a university announcement. * john.moritz@temple.edu T @JCMoritzTU





Members of the SOBO project traveled to Oman during winter break to survey and excavate ancient tombs and participate in fieldwork. PAGE 8

OwlCappella used crowdfunding site Indiegogo to collect over $10,000 to fundraise for its new EP, set to release in March. PAGE 15




Boyer College of Music and Dance is sponsoring a Guest Artist Recital with Park Stickney on Friday night from 7:30PAGE 18 8:30 p.m., other news and notes. PAGE 7

Planting seeds of involvement


Members of Philadelphia Urban Creators plant and harvest fresh fruit, vegatables and herbs for the surrounding North Philadelphia community.

A new housing program started by Philadelphia Urban Creators places students in housing that better acquaints them with members of their community.


ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor

or 2014 Temple alumnus Alex Epstein to feel comfortable living on his block, all it took was a conversation about trash. “One day, I put my trash in my neighbors spot, and he came to my door and told me that it was the wrong spot and the wrong day,’” Epstein said. “After that, we started shar-

ing stories, and I started talking to other neighbors. For me, that’s when the energy really started to change.” Epstein lived on the 2300 block of Carlisle Street for a year before he had any real conversations with his neighbors, he said. With the backing of parent organization Philly Urban Creators, a community garden and neighborhood rehabilitation group launched in 2010, Epstein and PUC group members have created a new program, called the Intentional Housing Program, last year

that aims to bring the positivity felt on the 2300 block of Carlisle to other blocks surrounding Main Campus. “Overall, people just want something better than the situation we have now and see this program as a means for doing that,” said Epstein, co-founder of PUC. “Temple students could have so much to offer Philadelphia, and that’s a huge resource we can contribute.”


Program expands social skills through ‘building blocks’ Builders’ Club aims to foster improvement in social behavior in children ages 7 through 12. FINNIAN SAYLOR The Temple News For a new education program, the building blocks of success aren’t just metaphorical – they’re plastic Legos. At the College of Education, Dr. Meredith Weber, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Amanda Fisher, assistant professor of applied behavioral analysis, are using their knowledge of childhood behavior to create a program designed

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for children who struggle with social development. The program, titled “Builders’ Club,” is intended for children ages 7 through 12 who have trouble interacting and communicating successfully with others. Weber and Fisher plan to combine two well-known, pre-existing childhood social development curriculums into a single, seamless program that aims to improve a child’s ability to make friends, work in a group, manage anger and communicate, as well as engage successfully with peers and adults in a number of different circumstances. “Many of us take social skills for granted, but for those who struggle with them, they need the opportunity to learn and practice them with others,” Weber said.

of us take social skills for granted, but for those “whoManystruggle with them, they need the opportunity to learn. ” Dr. Meredith Weber | professor

Through physical activities like building with Legos and interacting among other groups of like-aged peers, children will build social skills while building with Legos. Builders’ Club requires both the participating child and the child’s parents to attend weekly interactive and informational group sessions held in Weiss Hall on Main Campus.


Depending on its popularity, the program may run on a continual basis to allow the children to maintain involvement consecutively for a number of months or longer. Builders’ Club was conceived under the notion that more attention can be directed toward young students who find it difficult to socialize,






Members of Singchronize perform at a concert held earlier in December. The female singers traveled to the White House to meet President Obama and the First Lady on Dec. 18.

Despite winter break, no time to rest Students involved in Singchronize and the SOBO project spent break excelling in their fields.

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Team SOBO traveled to Oman from Dec. 16 until Jan. 11 for bioarchaeology training. CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News Marvin Fequiere spent his winter break digging up a 5,000-year-old skull halfway around the world. Fequiere – a senior studying human biology, anthropology and environmental studies – was one of eight undergraduates to travel to Oman, a country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, for bioarchaeology training through the SOBO project – Social, Spatial and Bioarchaeological Histories of Ancient Oman. Fequiere and the rest of the 14-person team worked in and around a small town named Dhank, located in the northern part of the country, from Dec. 16 to Jan. 11. Now in its fifth field season, the SOBO project allows professors, graduate and undergraduate students to study shifting mortuary traditions in the Oman Peninsula. “This work has the potential to transform our knowledge of how semi-nomadic peoples living in the rural crossroads of major city-states negotiated their own identity through the construction of monuments,” project director and assistant professor Dr. Kimberly Williams wrote in an email. Williams initiated the SOBO project in 2010 after receiving Temple’s Faculty Senate Seed Grant and a National Science Foundation grant. Two years later, Williams recruited fellow project director Dr. Lesley Gregoricka, a professor at the University of South Alabama. Students who participate in the project undergo intense fieldwork training for roughly 12 hours a day with several breaks included for food or to escape the heat. Throughout the day, students excavate and survey tombs and other sites from third millennium BC. “How and where people chose to dispose of their dead reflects relationships between the living and the deceased and between people within and outside the community,” Williams said. “The ancient people of the Oman Peninsula built monumental tombs for their dead and interred their loved ones there with material goods that tell us

about who they traded with and what was important to them. We excavate these tombs to tell the story of these past people.” Williams said that while there are no written records of the people who lived in Northern Oman at the time, the team could learn about the age, sex and health status of the ancient population by studying skeletal remains like the skull Fequiere discovered on Dec. 28. This year, the SOBO team was comprised of seven students from Temple, three students from the University of South Alabama, Williams, Gregoricka, a Dhank resident and a member of Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Culture. Most team members stayed at the same residency. Williams said that when they weren’t working, the team participated in social events in town and were able to meet local Omanis. “We believe that teaching about cultural diversity is a vital part of a college education,” Williams said. “We are working and living in an Islamic country, and we believe it is extremely important to teach young people about the side of the Islamic world that is not highlighted by most media reports. We are happy to introduce our students to the history, beauty and hospitality of Oman and Omanis.” No experience is needed to join the SOBO team, and Williams said her and Gregoricka look specifically to invite students who have not traveled outside the country before. “Each day is an adventure,” Williams said. “It is truly exciting to see the excitement on the students faces when they first see the the landscape, eat traditional Omani food, meet locals, discover a bronze point, excavate a 5,000 year old skeleton, or even when they first see camels roaming the desert.” Williams runs the project’s official Twitter page – @team_SOBO ­– and updated it frequently while the team was in Oman. Williams hopes that through Twitter, students, friends and family can share daily moments that “might get lost in translation back home or simply forgotten.” “This is a magical place, and if you love field work, everything about it is exciting ­– the drive, the music you listen to, the sights and sounds, getting stuck in the sand, the sunset, etc.,” Williams said. “I hope the Twitter page helps people to see that and that that inspires them to travel or try archaeology themselves.” * claire.sasko@temple.edu

Members of Singchronize performed for the President and the FLOTUS on Dec. 18. JESSICA SMITH The Temple News Senior music education and voice concentration major Samantha DiPompeo was never taught how to properly greet the president. “So when he comes in, do I wait for him to reach his hand out to shake mine, or should I reach out if he gets to me?” DiPompeo said she recently asked White House staff. DiPompeo and rest of the members of the Temple female a capella group Singchronize didn’t know whether to sit or stand when President Barack Obama and the First Lady entered the room for their private winter concert on Dec. 18. “They just nonchalantly strolled in the room,” DiPompeo said. “My first impression was, ‘Wow, they’re tall.’” The moment was surreal for Singchronize members who ventured to Washington, D.C. after submitting an application to perform in the White House. Last year, the group was selected and sang in the lobby entrance for tourists, but never caught a glimpse of the Obama family. This year, Singchronize President Danielle Costanzo saw a chance to change that. “In the online application, I directly stated that we had sang the year before and we’d love to have an opportunity to meet the President,” the junior strategic communications and organizational leadership major said. “I had no idea my shameless request would actually work.” Costanzo said they were specifically told that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are not guaranteed to appear at holiday receptions, but the slight possibility gave the group hope. Before starting their set for reception guests, a White House intern gave them their schedule. It included meeting the presidential power couple, taking a group photo and performing a sample of one of their songs.

“We were out of our skin,” Costanzo said. DiPompeo said the president and first lady walked down the line of singers, shaking hands, asking each member their name and wishing them happy holidays. “I was smiling ear to ear,” DiPompeo said. “I couldn’t believe how perfect Michelle Obama looked in person, and she had these sparkly shoes on, and all I could think was, ‘I want those shoes. Mrs. Obama and I could share shoes.’” DiPompeo said President Obama asked them questions about school and the previous semester before adding that he couldn’t believe that one of his daughters would be going to college soon. “We all shouted, ‘Send her to Temple!’” DiPompeo said. “He gave this hearty laugh, and I just imagined him thinking, ‘Aw, that’s so sweet ladies, but hell no.’” The ladies of Singchronize then posed for a photo with the Obamas before singing Frozen anthem “Let It Go,” which inspired the First Lady to try her hand at beat boxing. “She turned to our beat boxer [Stephanie Hirsch] and asked, ‘How do you do that?’” DiPompeo said. “Then she started making all the ‘shh’ noises.” After the performance, DiPompeo said the Obamas thanked the girls and left, leaving half the group in tears and the others in awe. “I’m sure they knew that meeting them was a huge deal for us, but they didn’t act like it,” DiPompeo added. “They were so down to earth.” Singchronize is checking the presidential concert off on their list of accomplishments this year after releasing their first fulllength album, “Hands In,” on iTunes. Costanzo said it’s amazing that their passion for singing has granted them so many opportunities. “I don’t think any of us ever imagined that being in Singchronize would mean meeting the President and First Lady,” Costanzo said. “Next stop: Beyoncé.” * jessicasmith@temple.edu



Inspired by their travels, the owners of Rybread, located on Fairmount Avenue, developed their menu while they were on the road. PAGE 11

Temple alumnus Rogers Stevens transitioned from being the lead guitarist with Blind Melon to becoming a lawyer in a local firm, Ballard Spahr. PAGE 10




There are these “ boundaries that exist in punk

scenes that we don’t always acknowledge. Ramsey Beyer | DIY PHL co-founder

With year’s end, a new photo show The Center for Public Interest Journalism is hosting its annual end-ofthe-year Photo Night. ALBERT HONG Assistant A&E Editor


(RIGHT) Sam Cook-Parrott of Radiator Hospital helped put together a capped show to benefit DIY PHL on Jan. 11 in which the band played. (LEFT) Quarterbacks also played at the show, along with Girlpool. The show was held at the Hazel House at 6 p.m.


BREAKING ‘PUNK SCENE’ BOUNDARIES DIY PHL recently added a PA Share system to connect musicians in the DIY underground music scene with a sense of community.


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or DIY bands, it only costs $10 to put on a show. That is, with the help of the PA Share from the organization that puts on DIY PHL, an online and print calendar that compiles shows in the underground music scene.

One of the founders, Ramsey Beyer, said the idea of the PA Share really took off in February 2014. For only ten bucks, members of the PA Share have access to all the necessary musical equipment needed to put on a show or any other type of DIY event. The idea for the Share was born after a November 2013 event hosted by DIY PHL called “First Time’s The Charm.” “There are these boundaries that exist in punk scenes that we don’t always acknowledge,” Beyer said. “[One being] the fact that people don’t feel like they have the space or respect to be in a band for the first time. We put out a call for people to form bands, and each band played their first show at this event.” Beyer said “First Time’s The Charm” was held at PhilaMOCA and completely sold out. With the money raised during the event, they could buy a PA system for the program. Both established and up-and-coming musicians have benefitted from the system. Just this past year, the PA Share has been used at more than 90 shows. “The PA Share is such an incredibly valuable resource,” said Sam Cook-Parrott, guitarist and vocalist for Philadelphia based group, Radiator Hospital. “It’s so cheap to become a member and that is part of the reason why it is out of commission. They don’t have any money to fix it. You still need to find a place to do your show, and you still need to find bands,

but it’s so amazing that anyone can book a show and anyone can use it for anything.” After a blown speaker forced the PA Share out of commission, a benefit show was announced. Local Philly groups like Radiator Hospital performed alongside traveling bands like Quarterbacks, a band from New Paltz, New York and Girlpool from Los Angeles at an acoustic show at the Hazel House on Jan. 11. The funds raised from the show will go toward repairs and the purchase of a back-up speaker. Cook-Parrott praised DIY PHL for its efforts in making the DIY scene in Philadelphia as inclusive and welcoming as possible. “It’s really important for any sort of scene that claims to be open and inviting to have a website that anyone can go to,” Cook-Parrott said. In February 2014, she and two friends started the Philadelphia installment. DIY PHL, started in February 2012, is modelled after a similar website created by Ramsey Beyer when she lived in Chicago in 2011. “We definitely had to do a lot of leg work in the beginning,” Beyer said. “Once a month before the print calendar is about to come out, we send a huge email to people who book shows in Philly reminding them to submit their shows.” Promoting the shows is the only way Nick Pelletier, guitarist for Shrink, a Philadelphiabased band who frequents DIY shows around the Temple area, said he feels the scene has


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While most people are busy working on New Year’s resolutions, the local photographic community wants to sit back and celebrate the past year. On Jan. 21, the Center for Public Interest Journalism will be hosting the annual Photo Night Year-End Spectacular at the Pen & Pencil Club where attendees will get a chance to see what Philadelphia photographers and photojournalists were up to in 2014. The free presentation is being curated and produced by Daily News and Inquirer photojournalist David Maialetti. Rather than just making a slideshow of pictures from local photographers, he said he is striving to create a synergy among the photos. “I think what I try to do is find images that work and play off of each other,” Maialetti said. With the highest turnout of submitted photos he’s ever gotten from more than 50 photographers, Maialetti said he has got his work cut out for him until the big day. “It’s a big challenge to take so many different photographers’ work and try to find themes and a way to make them connect,” Maialetti said. But he has plenty of experience with curating this event, harkening back to the ‘90s when Maialetti and a small number of other Daily News photographers started regular get-



New gallery seeks talent from abroad E-Moderne Gallerie is one of the few galleries in Philly that features contemporary Asian art. ANGELA GERVASI The Temple News Edward Fong sees changing dinner menus and fine art as one and the same. “We alter our meals every day,” Fong said. “Why, then, should we not do the same with the way we view art?” As the former creative director for an international marketing and advertising agency, Fong initially reserved his love of art for leisurely hours after work. When he traveled to China on a lengthy and life-changing business trip, his 25 years of working in the advertising field ended and his career began to shift to a different direction. While working in China, Fong said he encountered different artists whom he found to have less privilege than the average American in the realm of artistic expression.






Roger Stevens was the lead guitarist with Blind Melon. In 2011, Stevens finished his degree from Temple and began law school at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, he was certified as a lawyer.

Making the transition from stages to courtrooms Blind Melon guitarist Rogers Stevens left his life on tour to become a lawyer. JOSH ZIMMERMAN The Temple News Rogers Stevens has played more than 700 shows on the road over the course of two decades. As the former lead guitarist of Blind Melon and a Temple alumnus, Stevens said Continued from page 9


togethers, like Photo Night, to help foster the Philadelphia photo community. The starting group included Jim MacMillan, who is now the assistant director of CPIJ and the treasurer for the Pen & Pencil Club. Being a photojournalist for 30 years, MacMillan, along with the director and former Temple Journalism Department Chair Andrew Mendelson, didn’t want to see Photo Night abandoned. Since three such nights this past fall, CPIJ has taken over Photo Night, with plans to bring in esteemed photographers to show off and discuss their work.

It’s about the “ end product, how the picture looks, how the picture makes someone feel.

Kevin Cook | photojournalist

“I have very deep roots there so that’s the motivation for me,” MacMillan said. “It’s a critical time for many facets of journalism and it’s great to get together and talk about it.” The upcoming Photo Night

eventually the rigors of constant touring caught up to him. “There is much to love about it, but sleeping on a bus for months on end does not hold the same appeal as it did when I was 20 years old,” Stevens said. “The shows are often transcendent, but the meal at Denny’s three hours later often is not.” After years of life on the road, the former guitarist of the psychedelic rock band has recently joined the law firm Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia to practice law. Stevens earned his degree is different from the usual format with the Year-End Spectacular being more about celebrating the accomplishments and experiences of photography culture rather than the discussion of it. In fact, the only guidelines for submitted photos to this event were that they had to be of presentable quality and taken sometime in 2014. One participant, Kevin Cook, a Temple alumnus, spent most of this past year working on his master’s thesis in photojournalism documenting the effects of urban gun violence in the city, on top of teaching photography at Solebury School of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Having his work published in the Washington Post, Al Jazeera and MSNBC is definitely a plus, but Cook said the experience of telling peoples’ stories through his photos is something he cherishes. “I love being able to spend a lot of time with my subjects, just really getting to know them and getting them to feel comfortable with me, and making the most honest, intimate pictures I can make,” Cook said. “For me, it’s about the end product, how the picture looks, how the picture makes someone feels and elicits a response,” he added. Melissa Meade, an SMC graduate student, Ph.D. candidate in the Media and Communication program and teaching assistant, has spent the last few

from Temple in two years, after starting classes when he was 39 years old – more than twice the age of some of his classmates. “In general I enjoy a challenge,” Stevens said. “As long as my mind is engaged, I’m happy. I fear complacency.” Now, Stevens is both a lawyer and a musician. When he isn’t in Philadelphia practicing law, he is touring and playing shows, though that’s no longer his priority. “Touring becomes less appealing as you get older,” Stevens said. “I have two kids to

watch out for.” One of Stevens’ mentors during his time at Temple, Paul Crowe, is the undergraduate adviser for the philosophy department. Crowe said studying philosophy helped Stevens understand arguments, as law is about arguments. “He was an excellent student – he was, of course, a bit older, but he seemed genuinely interested in philosophy,” Crowe said. Stevens said he flew under the radar as a student, admitting that he didn’t socialize much

and not many students knew who he was. The Blind Melon guitarist said he couldn’t connect to many students because of the generational gap and the fact that he does not openly solicit his music. During his undergraduate time at Temple, Stevens said he had his eye on a degree from the University of Pennsylvania as his ticket to a profession in law. After finishing his degree at Temple in Summer 2011, he started law school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his degree and was certi-

fied as a lawyer in 2014. Stevens said he is optimistic, despite his hectic schedule, especially in his interest in practicing law. “It’s a real hustle from beginning to end,” Stevens said. “I am being trained by some great lawyers and I look forward to feeling more confident in my skills.” * josh.zimmerman@temple.edu


David Maialetti, Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News photojournalist, sits in an office of the Inquirer on Jan. 11 near images taken by past photojournalists as he explains his purpose to celebrate Philadelphia photographers at his annual Year-End Spectacular presentation.

years working on a dissertation covering her hometown, the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania. Meade said the last year has been busy due to the changes in the area brought about by the community moving away from its founding industry of mineral extraction. One big moment that Meade captured on film and submitted is the tearing down

of the very last coal breakers, which was a giant structure used in the mining of anthracite coal. The use of photography has been very impactful, not only for her personal work, but also for the halting of the mining industry’s past use of child laborers, of which her grandfather was a part of. “Photography is big for this,” Meade said. “I have a

story that I’m telling with these photographs.” “I think it speaks to creating that sense of photographic community,” Maialetti said. “I think that was the whole idea of doing these photo nights and really trying to bring photographers, who normally might not see each other, in social situations to just be out and appreciate what everybody brings to

photography.” * albert.hong@temple.edu

Editor’s Note: Kevin Cook is a former staff member of The Temple News. He had no role in the editorial process of this story.





A menu that grew on the road Rybread, a local sandwich shop, debuted its sister location, Rybrew. EAMON DREISBACH The Temple News When Ryan Pollock and Stephanie Mertz first entered the workforce, cross-country travel and crafting sandwiches were far from their minds. But after losing their jobs in the architecture business, the young couple decided to embark on a road trip across the country that would inspire the birth of the Rybread café. “When we started [the trip], we still were applying to architecture firms,” Mertz, the restaurant’s coowner, said. “One of my girlfriends from college had given us a book from ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,’ and we stopped at a couple of those places. As we stopped, we kept saying to ourselves, ‘Gosh this seems fun, we could do this,’ so along the way we started putting together a menu.” Since that road trip, Rybread – a name cleverly inspired by co-owner Ryan Pollock – has grown into its own. Mertz and Pollock, now married, run the eatery with the assistance of Pollock’s father, Dennis Pollock. The café,

located on Fairmount Avenue near 23th Street, offers a variety of sandwich options, the majority of which are named after cities Pollock and Mertz visited during the course of their trip. Coming from a background in architecture, the couple had to teach themselves how to manage the business aspects of the café through their own experiences. “It really started out as a passion and a hobby, and as we grew in popularity we were kind of forced to reevaluate what we were doing and think,

them share the common vision for all of our restaurants,” Pollock said. Since its debut in April 2010, Rybread has seen a number of changes. One of these changes included the café making its foray into the craft beer industry with the opening of a second location, Rybrew, last year. Located on Girard Avenue, Rybread’s sister location offers the same menu options as Rybread in addition to the eatery’s own home-brewed beer blends. The debut of Rybrew may seem like a formidable leap for the humble

As we stopped, we kept saying to “ ourselves, ‘Gosh this seems fun, we could

do this,’ so along the way we started putting together a menu. Stephanie Mertz | Rybread co-owner

‘This is a business, and we need to treat it as such,’” Mertz said. As is the case with most major culinary business ventures, starting and maintaining a café from scratch did not come without its share of difficulties. “The hardest part was beginning to manage a staff of my own and having

café, which the couple confirmed when they described the transition from lunch cuisine to craft brewing as just as challenging as it was rewarding. “One of our managers had a passion in craft beer and was willing to nerd out,” Pollock said. “He definitely learned a lot in a little bit of time to

help develop our portfolio. We started with 150 beers, and now we have around 300.” Other changes in the café include the addition of gluten-free options to the menu as well as improvements in culinary efficiency. The staff has also been split and assigned specifically to one of the two locations. Pollock sees this separation as a way to allow the staff to settle into one location and improve customer satisfaction. Aside from their wide array of sandwiches and classic menu items, Rybread and Rybrew also offer catering services. For Pollock, running the restaurant means much more than just bagels and quick lunches. “The customer interaction and being able to have happy customers at the end of every day is the most rewarding part,” Pollock said. As co-owner, Mertz said she naturally shares a similar sense of satisfaction in Rybread. “Seeing our employees grow on a daily basis and seeing our growth in the past four and a half years – I think that’s why we wake up every day saying if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” Mertz said.

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survived. “As important as the musicians involved are, I would argue that the audience is even more important,” Pelletier, sophomore biology major, said. Without an audience, us musicians couldn’t do what we do.” In an effort to promote shows outside of an online-only context, Beyer and her team print a physical calendar each month to hang up in public spaces around the city, as well as handbills to pass out at shows. “We ask a different artist to do art for our poster each month, as another way to highlight ways that people participate in punk,” Beyer said. “It’s not always through music – sometimes it’s through art or other things.” DIY PHL continues to help the ever-growing scene in Philadelphia thrive and be successful while remaining true to DIY ethics. “The scene here, in general, feels much more inclusive, and intentionally inclusive,” Beyer said. “People are going out of their way to book diverse shows and not just make it about who they’re friends with. I think that’s what is great about Philly.” * tim.mulhern@temple.edu

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TOP: Amy Shirk and Megan Chambers are Rybread employees. BELOW: A customer sits in the cafe area of Rybread.


Manager Brandon Hopkins and employees Amy Shirk and Megan Chambers work at Fairmount restaurant, Rybread.




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Runaway Brother, Reward, Bystander and Uncle/Father Oscar performed at the Barbary, located on 951 Frankford Ave. on Jan. 9. The show started at 6 p.m. and was open to all ages.



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“The chance of their work ever being shown in a formal art gallery, or being recognized beyond the town or city they live in, is as remote as taking a flight to the moon,” Fong said. He returned to America with the idea of creating a space that would showcase the work of contemporary Asian artists who otherwise may not come across the opportunity to display their work in a gallery. The E-Moderne Gallerie remains one of the newest art galleries in Philadelphia, and Fong said he hopes to make its opening on Jan. 31 memorable. Fong said the relative affordability of creating an art gallery in Philadelphia, as well as the convenience of Philadelphia’s proximity to New York, were two factors that made him create the gallery on 2nd and Arch streets, in an apex of eclectic art galleries in the Old City neighborhood. E-Moderne Gallerie came to fruition in June 2014, showing a

niche style of artistry that Fong refers to as “the art of the future that is sweeping the art world by storm.” Fong said E-Moderne is the only gallery in the Philadelphia area with a primary focus on contemporary Asian art. During its first six months after opening, the gallery also showcased artists from countries such as Germany, South Africa and Russia. Phillip Hua, a San Franciscobased artist, became a featured member of the E-Moderne Gallerie after a friend informed him about the new space. In his brand of art, Hua combines Chinese brush painting with digital mixed media. Hua uses images of nature on top of newspaper clippings to show a stark juxtaposition between the two ideas. “Using digital media to create the imagery, I want to expand what it is to paint in a digital era where we communicate with emails, texts, tweets and status updates,” Hua said. The mixture of references to nature and innovative usage of mixed media is not an uncommon

theme in the contemporary gallery. Inna Race, another member of the E-Moderne Gallerie team, said


She said that the importance of Philadelphia’s First Friday tradition, where art galleries everywhere

I always thought the best gifts to receive, as a child, were not dolls or candies, but colored chalk and pencils. Inna Race | artist in E-Moderne Gallerie

she has been devoted to sketching ever since she was as a young girl in Belarus, a country located in Eastern Europe. “I always thought that the best gifts to receive, as a child, were not dolls or candies, but colored chalk and pencils,” Race said. Race brought her mixed media photography artwork to America when she emigrated from Belarus 18 years ago. Like Fong, she said she sees an advantage of displaying artwork in Philadelphia. “[It] is big enough for an artist to be discovered and recognized, yet it’s small enough not to get lost.”

open their doors to enthusiasts, “really shows that art in Philadelphia is an important part of our lives”. Although he remains eager, Fong said he recognizes the establishment of his gallery as an uphill battle, with much more work to be done. “Philadelphia, as I came to find out, is still a long way from accepting this art form,” Fong said. “I will continue to present groundbreaking work in the city.” * eamon.noahdreisbach@temple.edu

OUT & ABOUT PA FARM SHOW IN 99TH YEAR The annual Pennsylvania Farm Show festival is underway and set to last until Jan. 17. Taking place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, the festival is a celebration of all things agriculture in the state. There are plenty of activities ranging from the widely popular Food Court with refreshments provided by local commodity associations, to the many different competitions and demonstrations involving live animals taking place. The free show will be open Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Jan. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Albert Hong

“REPRESENT: 200 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART” DEBUTS AT PMA THIS JANUARY A new exhibition highlighting a collection of work from African American artists opened on Jan. 10. Featuring art from a span of two centuries, the exhibition is available to view through a guided tour as special events are also set to take place throughout the next couple of months. On Jan. 16, the musical quintet, Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokely, will be performing and on Jan. 18 in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Celebration. The exhibition will run through April 5. -Albert Hong

FIRESIDE SESSIONS WITH WXPN’S, THE KEY, HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL MUSIC IN MONTHLY CONCERTS Starting from last November, WXPN’s The Key has been holding free concerts during the RiverRink Winterfest every month, featuring two different local artists. On Jan. 17, Son Little and Dirty Dollhouse will perform in a free and all-ages concert. Son Little, who was formerly known as Aaron Livingston, has collaborated with The Roots and RJD2. He’s now a solo singer-songwriter who blends acoustic blues, soul and hiphop into his own kind of music. Dirty Dollhouse is a trio of gals featuring Temple alumna Chelsea Mitchell, Vanessa Winters of the Lawsuits and Amber Twait, who released a debut EP, 25 Shades, last month. -Albert Hong


Percy Street Barbeque is bringing back its all-you-can-eat ribs every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to closing. For $27 per person, patrons get unlimited servings of ribs, fries, coleslaw and cornbread. The restaurant is starting what it’s calling Meat Week from Jan. 18 – 30, where diners can feast on helpings of barbecue chicken, pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, cornbread, mac and cheese and more for just $20 per person. -Albert Hong


(TOP) Patrons admire “Mandella and Liz” by Gavin Rain at the E-Moderne Gallerie. (BELOW) Multiple works by artist Peter Vellugh are displayed at the Old City gallery.

CENTER CITY RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS IN JANUARY From Jan. 18 - 23 and Jan. 25 - 30, Center City will host its annual restaurant week. More than 100 restaurants will participate in the event, including restaurants in the Rittenhouse, Midtown Village and Old City neighborhoods. All of the restaurants participating will offer three-course dinners for $35 and threecourse lunches for $20. New restaurants opening this year, as well as veteran Restaurant Week participants are on the list. -Emily Rolen

TRENDING IN PHILLY What’s happening this week in Philly– from news and event coverage to shows and restaurant openings. Based on Philly area: food, music, stores, etc. For breaking news and daily updates, follow The Temple News on Twitter @TheTempleNews.



@uwishunu tweeted on Jan. 11 that Shake Shack has a new Philly-exclusive beer and burger. The ShackMeister is its first new burger to launch since April 2012. In collaboration with Victory Brewing Company, it will unveil the Shack Frost Ale, which will complement the new burger.

@visitphilly tweeted on Jan. 9 that the New York Times named Philadelphia #3 on its “Top 52 Places To Go in 2015.” Cited specifically was Dilworth Park, Race Street Pier, Spruce Street Harbor Park and more.

THE ROXY THEATER IS PLAYING “THE INTERVIEW” UNTIL JAN. 15 @PhillyFilmSoc tweeted on Jan. 11 a movie alert for “The Interview.” The film is playing at The Roxy Theater, located on 2023 Sansom St.

CRANE ARTS DEBUTS NEW SHOW @CraneArts tweeted on Jan. 8 that its newest show, “Body Politic,” began on Jan. 8 and will run until Jan. 20. The show features the work of Australian artists that “investigate place, identity, memory and history through the graphic image.”

JANE GOLDEN TO TEACH AT MOORE COLLEGE @muralarts tweeted on Jan. 9 that Mural Arts founder, Jane Golden, will teach two Moore College programs. The classes will begin this spring.




Students build pathway of mobility for family Architecture students built a ramp that allowed a local teenager to more easily access her home. ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor The first time 13-year-old Nayla Campbell saw the deck built for her family by a group of Temple architecture students, everyone stopped in their tracks to watch her experience her new backyard for the first time. Meghan Higgins, the project manager, said the project was the product of two years of planning and building by her and other architecture students which came to an end Dec. 14. “We don’t get to go out into the field that often,” said Higgins, a senior

architecture major. “So I got to see a whole new phase of the construction.” Higgins is a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students, which helps architecture majors gain real-world experience on projects that benefit communities across the country. Nayla’s mother, Radiah Campbell, contacted AIAS requesting a wheelchair ramp be built at their Drexel Hill home for Nayla, who has cerebral palsy, vision impairment, hydrocephalus and epilepsy. Higgins said she immediately wanted to take on the project. “It’s one thing to draw in the classroom, but it’s another to do it for a family,” Higgins said. Once Higgins started the project, getting other architecture students to participate was easy, she said, since hands-on experience is hard to come by. Though construction did not be-

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make friends or communicate competently and effectively with their peers. “Some districts include social skills groups or curriculum among their resources, but many don't,” Weber said. “For those that do, there is not always an opportunity to practice in a way that is authentic.” Public schools provide attention during the school day for students who find socializing and communicating difficult, but increased levels of active engagement outside the classroom promote further development. Builders’ Club will focus on a specific communication or social skill each week, like sharing, teamwork, managing anger and taking and giving compliments. The group of children, led by both professional clinicians and graduate level students, will explore teaching methods, like modeling and repetition, so children can learn by example and application. Weber said children with lesser social skills find it difficult to communicate and interact with other students, and this often makes other students more hesitant to socialize with them. Promoting improved social skills in children breaks “the cycle” of communication that disconnects between children of all different social levels, she said. “Breaking the cycle is important, in my opinion, because it allows children to get more ‘real-life’ practice with the people around them,” Weber said. “More practice leads to better social skills, which can then open the door to friendships with peers and overall improved interactions with others.” Temple graduate students can attain practical experience through hands-on interaction with the children in the program. Graduate level students will be selected to assist with the program. Weber has not yet selected student participants.

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gin until October 2014, Higgins said the planning process began nearly two years prior, when she and other AIAS members drew sketches for the potential ramp and deck. From there, the group visited the Campbell family at their home to meet Nayla and discuss her needs with the ramp and to decide on the best design, Radiah said. Prior to the construction, Nayla

This program is the cross of two different teaching methods. The first of the two is titled Lego Therapy, designed by Dr. Daniel B. LeGoff. Lego Therapy stimulates and encourages social interaction and development through connections that occur between children and other individuals while playing with Legos. The second curriculum, Skill Streaming, developed by Dr. Arnold P. Goldstein and Dr. Ellen McGinnis, implores four key teaching strategies to cultivate social progression: modeling, roleplaying, performance feedback and generalization. The combination of these two approaches will work in tandem to increase levels of proficient communication. Both Weber and Fisher have not seen cases where both teaching methods have been used together, making Builders’ Club an opportunity for both children and parents to benefit from specialized, social instruction. “It’s fun!” Weber said. “And does not necessarily feel like ‘therapy’ so much as an afterschool activity.” Weber has

could only enter their home through the front door, which was difficult due to a landing that required her to be lifted through the door, a challenge for the family. “[Nayla] couldn’t really go out into the backyard because there was no way for her to get out on the landing,” Radiah said. “We didn’t want to put a ramp in the front because it’s kind of an eye sore, so now this ramp in the back allows her to get to her bedroom. They took out the existing landing and put in a nice landing with a ramp.” “[The students] were very committed to the project, so we’re really grateful to them for that,” Radiah added. “They worked even in bad weather.” AIAS is a non-profit organization, so the majority of funding for the project came from fundraising efforts on the part of the students. “When we weren’t building, we were raising money,” Higgins said.

worked previously with the Lego Therapy curriculum. She was involved with a similar group titled “Lego Club,” which aimed to improve many of the same social aspects as Builders’ Club. Weber believes there are a lack of activities designed for children who find socializing and communicating difficult. Groups like Lego Club and Builders’ Club make such activities available for children. The existence of Lego Club subsequently created a support group of parents who had children with similar social difficulties. This led to out-of-session play dates between children and encouraged parents to share resources that they

“We did material sales through our department, but we also sold grilled cheese and pancakes.” Higgins said the group made enough money from these sales to pay for the project, but they also received assistance from local architecture firms for the paving and other construction materials. Higgins she said she was happy that her first hands-on construction experience had a real impact on the Campbell family. “It’s nice to see how your building can really affect families in need,” Higgins said. “Learning how to apply our skills and translate into helping kids in the community – that was really rewarding.” * abricke1@temple.edu

found helpful in aiding their own child. The same is hoped to occur with the creation of Builders’ Club. “Parents often benefit from meeting other parents who may be having similar experiences and form an informal support group,” Weber said. The program requires the attendance of both children and parents at session meetings. Builders’ Club also aims to educate parents on social inhibitions so they can better aid their child’s development. Builders’ Club is still receiving applications for prospective participants, and once leaders have received enough interest from the community, the program will commence. Any children in the area that struggle with social interaction are eligible to participate and the cost for the program is determined upon a sliding scale. * finnian.saylor@temple.edu







Members of OwlCappella gather for practice at Presser Hall. The a cappella group raised more than $10,000 for their new EP, $6,000 of which was raised on Indiegogo.

OwlCappella wraps up fundraiser for new EP OwlCappella used Indiegogo to raise more than $6,000 for an EP. VINCE BELLINO The Temple News Temple’s Owlcappella has raised over $6,000 through a crowdfunding site called Indiegogo, on which they started a campaign titled “OwlCappella Needs YOUR Howlp!” The group raised a total amount of $10,000 – much of which will go toward the release of their new EP. Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding site, seemed a natural choice for the group, which needed to raise $6,000 to record. “It has allowed us to reach a much wider audience and fundraise more efficiently,” said Eric Braceland, OwlCappella vice president. “Without Indiegogo, who knows how long it would have taindieken to obtain our goal?" The group's goal was met by the end of the contribution period and combined with other funds collected previously. “We've raised just around $10,000,” Tyler Lawson, OwlCappella president, wrote in an email. “A majority of this money came from our Indiegogo campaign (just over $6,000), and the rest was earned at gigs or donated at our concerts.” The group’s upcoming EP will be its third, following “Out of the Nest,” which was released in March 2014. Like the previous release, the new EP will feature seven songs, but this is the first release that the group is not exclusively covering songs.

“This EP will feature the first group's first original song, which is a huge step artistically from only performing covers,” Lawson said. OwlCappella has covered artists like Lorde and Panic! At the Disco on previous releases. The EP will feature all 16 members of OwlCappella from Fall 2014, as well as alumni. “This EP will be even bigger and better than the last,” Lawson wrote. “The group has gained some new members, and we've grown a lot musi-

cally since the last time we recorded.” OwlCappella launched its campaign on Nov. 13, offering rewards to contributors, ranging from posters and copies of previous EPs to private performances and being able to choose a song for the group to perform. “Every second in the studio counts, so every dollar is going to directly impact our final product,” the group wrote on its Indiegogo page. “You'll not only have a direct hand in helping us share our music with thousands of people, but you'll also be helping us grow as

musicians as well as create an experience that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.” At the end of the campaign, the a cappella group raised $6,190 from 54 funders. The rest was raised through other contributions. The most claimed perk was a pre-order of the EP, but OwlCappella also sold all three of its “choose a song we perform” perks. OwlCappella is funded entirely by way of donations and money collected through concerts. The group also receives access to certain venues

at Temple, which Lawson says is “very important when concert time rolls around.” The EP is being recorded at Silvertone Studios with Alfred Goodrich in Ardmore. Goodrich has recorded a wide range of artists, including singersongwriters, classical instrumentalists and even hip-hop. OwlCappella has recorded all three EPs with Goodrich. “He’s been such a great mentor during the recording process,” Lawson wrote. “Goodrich has an incredible gift for audio engineering and allows us to create the best possible product,” Braceland added. The recording process for the EP happened quickly; the group took a week to record the entire EP, spending nine hours per day in the studio. At times, the group was recording in two separate studios at once. The mixing and mastering for the EP will take place over a number of weeks. The group has high hopes for the EP. “We’re excited for everyone to hear what we've been working on,” Braceland wrote in an email. “This group is so tight knit, and I think that really comes across in our sound. This is the best we've ever sounded, and we had so much fun recording.” “OwlCappella would love to thank everyone who has supported us and allowed us to pursue our aspirations,” Braceland wrote. “The help has been greatly appreciated, and we plan to give the fans what they’ve paid for.” * vince.bellino@temple.edu


Members of Owlcappella launched a campaign on Indiegogo on Nov. 13 and offered various rewards to donators.

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The program partners students with landlords that share a similar mindset as PUC and encourages students not to shy away from their neighborhood, but to become a part of it. After an orientation process acquaints students and neighbors, Epstein said the amount of community engagement is up to the individual. However, students are encouraged to continue with community building activities and can even volunteer at one of the urban gardens for credit hours. There are currently 18 students placed in housing surrounding the gardens on 15th and Diamond streets. In addition, Epstein said more than 15 students have expressed interest in participating in the program for the upcoming year. For every student involved in the program, PUC receives $100 of their first month’s rent,

which results in more funding not only for the community gardens, but also for other community building efforts, Epstein said. “[The students] are infusing social capital in the block,” he said. “All of a sudden this student can really make a difference. We can’t force people to collaborate, but we believe it is really beneficial.” Along with becoming better acquainted with the neighborhood, the program is also of benefit to students who are interested in the urban farming process, like Augusta Mery. After visiting the farm for the first time last year as a freshman, Mery said getting to see how the farm works and meeting different kids living in the surrounding community is what she is most looking forward to continuing now that she is a part of the program and living on the 2200 block of Park Avenue, a short walk away from one of the farms. “Coming from the dormitories, everything is so set up,” said Mery, a sophomore civil engineering major. “The people I met [there] were exactly

like me, so I’m excited about the diversity.” Orientations for the program, which Mery said will involve picnics and block parties, are set to begin in March and April, when the farms begin to pick back up for the spring season. Some of the funds PUC will receive from student rent will also be put toward an event called Hoodstock, a festival the urban creators will be holding at the 11th Street farm this July to help promote the work they are doing in the community, showcase local artwork and continue to build relationships in the area. During the summer months the farm will also host an internship program for students, as well as interested kids from the neighborhood. “We hired 15 teens from the neighborhood to work with us over the summer, and that’s really the best opportunity we have to do relationship building,” Epstein said. Any students from the housing program living in Philly over the summer are also encouraged to participate and assist with the farm and festival planning.

“We have people from all over the city and basically celebrate the work we’ve done,” he said. “We have local artists showcase their work, local vendors, a main stage and all sorts of performances. It’s a really big community building tool.” Epstein said he hopes the program can bridge the gap that has grown between students and community members over the past few years. “I think there are some neighbors that are so deeply damaged and hurt by what local development and Temple has done over the years that they don’t want anything to do with Temple or students,” Epstein said. “That’s real. That’s raw stuff.” “But [PUC] is a combination of North Philly residents and students,” he added. “We’ve built all this in five years with no money, so who knows what could happen in the future.” * abricke1@temple.edu




Team SOBO continues work in Oman


Campus Recreation will be kicking off its Wellness Wednesday series tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Center atrium. On the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Campus Rec will lead sessions geared toward promoting good health and teaching the best practices to lead a healthy life. Topics will vary each session and will cover physical, emotional, psychological and social elements. Tomorrow’s session will discuss fad dieting and give nutritional tips. The sessions are free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


There will be an advising session for the Gilman Scholarship program tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 200 of Tuttleman Learning Center. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts vary depending on length of study and student need. Students studying a critical need language while abroad in the Middle East, North Africa or other non-traditional locations are eligible for an additional $3,000 Gilman Critical Need Language Supplement. All awards are administered by the Institute of International Education. This session is sponsored by Temple Education Abroad and registration is required online. It is open to all students. -Jessica Smith


Boyer College of Music and Dance is sponsoring a Guest Artist Recital with Park Stickney on Thursday night from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Stickney is a jazz harpist who recorded with the band Crash Test Dummies, toured with the Fantasticks in Japan and played a solo jazz concert in the Philharmonic’s lunchtime series. Stickney received his Bachelor of Music Cum Laude at the University of Arizona and his Masters of Music and Professional Studies at the Julliard School. Stickney will perform in the Rock Hall auditorium. This event is free and open to all. -Jessica Smith


Registration is now open for “Train for Change” in the Main Office of Campus Recreation. Train for Change is a 10-week program geared toward individuals hoping to make a lifestyle change and start a consistent exercise routine. Each participant will be paired with a personal trainer who will help them create an exercise regimen specific to the participant’s individual goals. Trainers meet with their student twice per week and an additional large group meeting for participants will take place once per week to discuss different elements of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The cost is $350 for students and $450 for non-students. Registration ends Jan. 27. Payment can be made in Pearson and McGonigle Halls Suite 303. -Jessica Smith


Students interested in studying Environmental Design are invited to an undergraduate information session at Ambler Campus on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the West Hall lobby. Admissions staff and representatives from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and the Department of Community and Regional Planning will present information about the undergraduate program requirements and potential opportunities for freshmen and transfer students. An optional tour of campus and the Ambler Arboretum will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required and can be completed online on the Ambler website. -Jessica Smith



Members of the 14-person Team SOBO traveled to Oman from Dec. 16 until Jan 11. Participants included undergraduate and graduate students from Temple and the University of South Alabama, professors from both universities, an Omani resident, and more. Students spent long days in the heat surveying and excavating ancient tombs in and around the town of Dhank.


“What did you do over winter break?” CLAIRE SASKO TTN

“I had a training trip in Florida for the rowing team. Our whole team went down and we spent a lot of time on the water and in the warmer weather.”



“I visited friends and family and played video games. It was a break I needed the most.”



“I studied hard for my GREs so I can get into graduate school.”​






Cummings day-to-day with leg injury SENIOR GUARD STRAINED MUSCLE IN LOSS

Will Cummings is listed as day-to-day moving forward after straining a muscle in his lower leg against Tulsa last Saturday. The senior guard suffered the injury early in the second half, and went back and forth to the locker room in an unsuccessful attempt to return to game. The senior guards’ absence was felt as the Owls’ six-game winning streak was snapped by Tulsa (10-5, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) in the 63-56 loss. “If Will had stayed in the game and made both foul shots and we would’ve scored I think that would have put some separation [in the game],” coach Fran Dunphy said. Cummings returned to the sideline without a leg-wrap later in the half, allegedly requesting to return to the game. “He said to me, ‘I’m ready to go’ but the first initial report that I got was that he was done for the day. … I’m not going to try to push the envelope even though he wanted to go back in. I wasn’t going to do that.” “If Will had stayed in the game and made both foul shots [after the foul that led to his exit] and [if ] we would’ve scored [on the ensuing possession], I think that would have put some separation there,” Dunphy added. -EJ Smith


A week after the team received votes toward the Associated Press Top 25 poll, the Owls didn’t receive a vote for the Top 25 Monday, after a 1-1 week that played against them in the national picture. Temple’s 33 votes for the rankings last week marked the first time the program had received Top-25 consideration since the 2012-13 season. Last Wednesday, the Owls topped Tulane University, 6456, despite shooting 34 percent, while Saturday’s loss to Tulsa snapped Temple’s six-game win streak. The Owls will face a pair of tests this week in conference games against Southern Methodist (12-4, 3-1 The American) and Cincinnati (11-4, 2-1The American). -Andrew Parent



Senior guard Will Cummings clutches his left leg in pain during the second half of Temple’s 63-56 loss to Tulsa Saturday. Cummings exited the game after the play with a left ankle strain and did not return. He was listed as day-to-day after the contest.

He will join defender Leland Archer (College of Charleston), forward Ricardo John (Virginia Tech) and midfielder Duana Muckette (South Florida) in the country’s quartet of United Statesbased collegiate players. Creed has previous national experience, as he captained his country’s Under-17 team for CONCACAF and Caribbean Federation Union play. -Andrew Parent



Junior Brendon Creed, who started nine games for the men’s soccer team this past fall, will represent Trinidad & Tobago on the Under-20 national team for the 2015 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. U-20 Championship, which starts Friday.

GPA during the fall, which set a Temple record for the second consecutive semester, while the department’s 58.6 percent of student-athletes earning a GPA of 3.0 or more also set a high mark. Women’s lacrosse (3.51) and men’s cross country (3.19) paced the department’s 19 programs with their respective combined cumultive GPA results. -Andrew Parent



A number of Temple athletes handed out toys collected from December Temple basketball games to children at Shriners Hospital for Children on the Temple Hospital Campus last Friday. Temple student-athletes recorded the university’s best-ever Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with cumulative grade-point average during the fall semester, Justin the cheerleading squad took part in the gift-giving. Miller, senior director at the Nancy & Donald Resnick Academic -Andrew Parent Support Center for Student-Athletes, announced Monday. The student-athletes combined to earn a 3.09 cumulative


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The men’s indoor and outdoor track teams were two of five varsity teams cut from Temple’s athletic program on July 1, an action from the university announced by Athletic Director Kevin Clark on Dec. 6, 2013. Former coach Eric Mobley formally resigned in June after a federal judge in May denied Temple’s motion to dismiss claims of harassment, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination in a civil-action lawsuit brought against him, the university and Senior Associate Athletic Director and former track & field administrator Kristen Foley by former thrower Ebony Moore. In The Temple News’ sevenmonth investigative report published on Aug. 26, which uncovered years of mistreatment and neglect in the men’s and women’s track & field programs, Moore described her time competing for Temple from 2009-11 as “inappropriate.” Moore and other track & field athletes approached Foley with their concerns regarding Mobley and the program throughout recent years, but Mobley was allowed to continue running the teams through last June. “I was aware of many things,” Forde said of his knowledge of issues surrounding the program at the time of his hire. “When I did my interview, I felt good with what the heads of the university and the heads of the athletic department were doing. So, [the past issues] had no bearing on me because I’m looking to move forward in a very positive manner.” “I can’t quote or speak of anything, but my personality is such that I don’t foresee those things, or anything that happened in the past happen under my watch,” Forde added. “This is about what I want to do and I don’t think [the athletic department] would’ve brought me in here if they didn’t feel confident enough that I could run a good program to reflect what Temple is all about.” In the months elapsed since Forde’s hiring, the dust has settled some. The team competed for the first time under Forde’s watch in the Jack Pyrah Invitational on Dec. 6, and is now gearing up for a four-week stretch in which the team will take part in five


Runners perform a warm-up exercise during a practice session at the Student Pavilion last Saturday. The team is in the midst of its first indoor season under coach Elvis Forde.

competitions. “Everything’s been really calm,” senior multi-eventer Kiersten LaRoache said. “His main thing is just having fun. He still wants us to work hard and he expects things from us. … But in terms of making everything really relaxed, he shows that he really cares for us.” Senior sprinter Michelle DavisTimothy noted the team’s need of a coach who can provide a helping hand, both with sport and life, when needed. “We definitely needed a coach that had confidence in us and our abilities,” Davis-Timothy said. “I believe it was sort of an issue last year. There wasn’t that much confidence in what we could do, or where we could get to. It was kind of like, we were beat down and expected to build ourselves back up, instead of with a helping hand.” “When we may seem a little down, [Forde] will pull us aside and cheer us

up,” she added. “He’ll give us advice or tell us different ways to look at it. It makes us always see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Taking charge of a women’s program that Forde said has a fully-funded scholarship budget, he stressed his desire to bring a string of all-around success to a team that hasn’t seen much of it as of late. “Any time you get a program, you want to bring success,” he said. “I think that’s something this program hasn’t had a lot of over the years. I think when you start having success, you’re able to bring more quality athletes in. And in the end, I think that’s what everybody wants.” While Forde said he wants to foster both individual and team-wide success as coach, particularly after a Spring 2015 season that he is calling an “evaluation period,” the university’s current lack of an accommodating fa-

cility for throwers will limit his ability to recruit in that area for the time being. For now, Forde said, throwing events will be conducted earlier than normal practice time to avoid safety issues involved with the lack of a protective cage. The team will field one thrower this season in senior Margo Britton. Forde said he is taking a cautious approach toward recruiting throwers, as the prospect of using objects like a discus or javelin raises a safety concern to which the program is no stranger. Former runner Victoria Gocht, a one-time Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year, was struck in the back by a flying discus in Spring 2012, ending her career shortly thereafter. The throwers were not practicing with a throwing cage, as is recommended by the NCAA, when the incident occurred. In an interview with The Temple News in October, senior athletic ad-

ministrators, including Clark, said the department had purchased a protective cage, but felt wary of using it and leaving it standing at the publically-accessible complex. Alongside the women’s program, Forde will supervise the men’s and women’s cross country teams, but will leave those management duties to distance coaches James Snyder and Steve Fuelling. Snyder said Forde has the program headed in the right direction. “He’s someone who took a chance as a 17-year-old boy to come halfway across the world to be at a place he’s never been before because he wanted an opportunity,” Snyder said. “He’s not somebody who’s afraid to push the envelope, and he’s somebody who’s not afraid to work really hard to be as good as we can be.” * andrew.parent@temple.edu





Junior guard Quenton DeCosey pulls up for a shot in Temple’s loss to Tulsa last Saturday. DeCosey finished the afternoon with 12 points.

men’s basketball

Offensive lapse snaps winning streak The Owls shot 19-for-61 from the floor en route to a 63-56 loss to Tulsa at the Liacouras Center. ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor Temple’s chances for a sevengame winning streak took a hit when its senior leader hit the floor in a world of pain Saturday. Will Cummings has started each of the men’s basketball team’s 17 games at the point guard position this season, and was well on his way toward helping the Owls to their 13th victory and a 4-0 American Athletic Conference record. Though Cummings’ status was said to be day-to-day after landing awkwardly on his left ankle with his team holding an 10-point advantage against Tulsa early in the second half, he was confined to the sideline for the Continued from page 20


10 games, to 5.8 during the sixgame streak. “When [Cummings] is kicking it out to two pretty good jump shooters, that has to make you feel pretty good,” Dunphy said. “It makes you feel confident that when you make that play again somebody is going to step up and make that shot.” Despite the relative success through 17 games, the Owls (12-5, 3-1 American

sightly 16 percent (4-of-25) from the remainder of the contest. Eight minutes, 53 seconds of play field. “We struggled [in the second later, the Owls lost the lead en route to their first defeat since dropping a Big half],” junior guard Quenton DeCosey 5 matchup to then-No. 7 Villanova on said. “[Not] getting to loose balls, getting to offensive rebounds on foul Dec. 14. “[Losing Cummings] was big,” ju- shots. [It was] just a loss of focus.” For the most part, Temple has imnior forward Jaylen Bond said. “He’s a great leader. He helps us out a lot proved on the defensive end. The Owls when things aren’t going our way. He have held opponents to 38 percent from the floor, a far cry settles us down. It from last seawas tough missUP NEXT son’s clip of 47 ing him in the Owls vs. Southern Methodist percent, which second half.” Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. ranked ninthAfter Cummings departed with 16:15 remaining worst in Division I. The addition of Bond, a University in Temple’s 63-56 loss, his teammates soon dealt with a 19-1 Tulsa run that ul- of Texas transfer, has helped bolster the timately buried them. For a defensive- team’s rebounding efforts. As of Monminded group that has improved in that day, the Owls’ 38.8 rebounds per game department significantly this season, leads The American and ranked 39th in the Owls allowed a 56 percent (14-of- Division I. Bond has headed the effort 25) shooting clip from the Golden Hur- with his conference-leading 8.6 boards per game, which also ties him for 45th ricane in the latter half. After a sluggish, low-scoring first in Division I. Saturday’s second half, though, half that spotted the Owls a six-point lead, Tulsa had been averaging an un- followed up a stretch in which the

Athletic Conference) still feature a low shooting percentage, rivaled by few. Its 37 percent from the field as a team ranks among the lowest in Division I. In the Owls’ 63-56 loss to Tulsa on Saturday at the Liacouras Center, the team shot 31 percent from the field, including a 1-for-17 day for Morgan, who went 0 for 13 from 3-point range. “You want [Morgan] to shoot good shots,” Dunphy said. “There were a couple of shots [on Saturday] that he should not have put in the air

and had a little bit more patience. But he is a jump shooter, we’ve talked about it as a team, we’ve talked about it as a staff. … He’s helped us, but [against Tulsa] it just didn’t happen for him.” The Owls will continue play in The American against Southern Methodist (12-4, 3-1 The American), who have shot 48 percent from the field. * esmith@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @ejsmitty17








Owls won a defensive contest against Tulane University last Wednesday, but allowed a 45.5 percent shooting average to Central Florida in an 84-78 win on Jan. 4. “I think it’s just a loss of focus,” DeCosey said. “We were on a winning streak. Maybe that got to us a little bit.” Coach Fran Dunphy downplayed the defensive hiccup, saying the team’s offensive performance, which yielded a 31 percent shooting average Saturday, is the Owls’ more pressing concern. “I think we’re going to hang most of our issues on [the team’s] offensive play,” Dunphy said. “I’ll look and see how we could have moved the ball a little bit better, [and] if we had gotten even more open looks. I thought we got our share, but we’ll see.” Since hitting 58 percent of its shots from the floor in a 77-52 win against then-No. 10 Kansas on Dec 22, Temple is shooting 35 percent from the floor in its last five games. Saturday’s loss joined wins against Delaware State

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“I definitely pride myself on it,” Anthony said of his shot. “Even when I was younger and much lighter than I am now, it was always one of my stronger points. It’s definitely an important aspect of the game when you are shooting from the blue line. You [have to] be able to get the puck [to the net] as quick as possible.” In the stands to cheer Anthony on is his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Marchionne, and his son, Brayden, who attend nearly every game. “I support him,” Marchionne said. “He’s my best friend. [His] playing hockey is something I learned to love because it’s something he does, and it’s real interesting, honestly. I never really paid attention to it before.” Brayden was born this past spring, but Anthony said he and Marchionne have help with the responsibility from the couple’s family. “It was definitely an adjustment,” Anthony said. “It’s probably tougher on [Marchionne], honestly. She went back to work when I started school and she also made her schedule so that she worked during the week and was down here on the weekends

(25-of-77) and Connecticut (18-of-57) during the winter break that featured shooting struggles. The Owls are shooting 37 percent, which ranks 333rd in Division I. Despite the offensive inconsistencies, the Owls (12-5, 3-1 The American) are in a three-way tie for the No. 2 spot in the conference, a stark contrast from the team’s second-to-last conference finish as a 9-22 team a year ago. An intriguing test, though, awaits the team on Wednesday when Southern Methodist (12-4, 3-1 The American), which ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll at the start of the season, will visit the Liacouras Center. “It’s going to be a big game,” DeCosey said. “We can’t dwell on [Tulsa]. We have to start focusing on the next game.” * andrew.parent@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @Andrew_Parent23

so I was able to see Brayden. But, it would be a lot more difficult if we didn’t have such a huge family-support system. “She comes from a large family,” he added. “My mother lives a mile down the road from her dad’s house. Everybody’s kind of there to help us get by. Without them it would be much more difficult.” The accommodating net-

I think the “ baby has brought a lot more responsibility into his life.

Jennifer Marchionne | Anthony’s girlfriend

work further favors Anthony and Marchionne as both have a busy work schedule. Anthony lives in South Philadelphia and works as a bartender at Garage on Passyunk Avenue near 9th Street on Thursdays during the semester, and four days a week during semester breaks. Marchionne works as a server at Ron’s Original Bar & Grille in Exton. The parental role has helped Anthony personally, too, as Marchionne said the main

difference she notices in Anthony from his youth is his mannerisms. “He definitely thinks before he speaks now,” Marchionne said. “He’s not so quick at the mouth. He’s definitely matured. I think the baby has brought a lot more responsibility into his life.” The difference is evident when Anthony explained how Brayden motivates him to continue his pursuit of a degree in kinesiology. “Obviously [being a father] has made it more hectic, but I would say it gives me more motivation, too, though, especially when it comes to school,” Anthony said. “You hit that slump and you might not be doing so well in the class, [but] that is always in the back of my mind as to who I am doing this for.” “Hopefully it never comes to it,” Anthony added. “But if someday it comes to where I can have that conversation with him where he is ready to give up on something and I can tell him, ‘Look I was in the same spot and I was ready to give up and I didn’t, and it was the best decision of my life. That will be a good tool to have.” * stephen.godwin@temple.edu T @StephenGodwinJr




women’s gymnastics

Lapent, gymnasts readjust work ethic

As its season gets underway, the women’s gymnastics team hopes conditioning results in success. GREG FRANK The Temple News

Preparations for the upcoming women’s gymnastics season took on a different meaning of rigor compared to past years. The Owls started working on their routines earlier than in previous seasons, and had four mock meets in the fall, the first of which was in November. The high intensity of the workouts in the fall has seemed to pay dividends as the season has progressed, sophomore Michaela Lapent said. “I think we were physically ready earlier in the year than we have been,” Lapent said. During the offseason, the team’s training regimen consisted of workouts sometimes as early as 6 a.m., weight training and cardio exercises in addition to practicing routines. Sophomore Mikaela

Postlethwait said the team gained confidence practice. We’re really excited. We’re pumped up.” much easier. The team will continue to practice in McGo“It’s just helped us become better earlier than nigle Hall in 2015. It will do so, however, withwe did last year,” Postlethwait said. out sharing its facilities with a men’s Division I During winter break, coach Aaron Mur- gymnastics team, as Temple’s men’s gymnastics phy decided to bring 12 of his 19 athletes back was one of five varsity sports cut from the athletic to Temple for practices and the team’s opening program July 1. meet last Friday night at Eastern Though the cut men’s program UP NEXT Michigan, as he wanted gymis now a club, Lapent said the evnasts whose hometowns lie a far Owls at GW Invitational eryday routine isn’t the same. distance from Temple to rest up “This year it’s definitely Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. before the start of the semester. been a change,” Lapent said. Early on in the season, Murphy wants his “They practice after us now and not with us. team to execute what it practiced during the fall “We’ll be cheering them on, so hopefully things and not get caught up in the scores. The ninth- will go well for them, but the dynamic is differyear coach is hopeful the Owls will focus on nail- ent.” ing what he believes to be the team’s strengths of However, Postlethwait said the team has the vault and floor exercises as the athletes steadi- made the adjustment and is ready to move forly improve on the balance beam and uneven bars. ward. She acknowledged the team continues to “Our expectations are really just to go out carry a bond with the men’s club team, similar to there and not worry about the scores because it’s the one it had with the Division I team. so subjective and opinionated,” Murphy said. “I don’t think things are that different,” “[Scores] are definitely a secondary concern. Postlethwait said. “I’m still very close with the Their job is just to hit their routine like they do in guys’ team. We go to lunch during the semester

and we see them passing through the gym.” Temple finished third in the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships a year ago, but entering this season, Murphy and his gymnasts are expecting nothing but the best from the rest of the ECAC. “As the coach of Temple, I have to make the assumption that the other schools within our conference are doing really well, so we want to push our girls to be better than they were last year,” Murphy said. Yet, with a lot of non-conference opponents on the schedule before the ECAC Championships at Yale on March 21, Postlethwait said gauging how the Owls match up with the rest of the conference can be difficult at times early on in the season. “It really depends on who [the rest of the conference is] competing against and how they score in that meet so it’s kind of up in the air,” she said. * greg.frank@temple.edu T @g_frank6

women’s basketball

Covile flourishes, Owls regain footing during winter break ple turned things around heading into conference play against Memphis. The Owls topped the Tigers, 58-57, and continued to roll with victories in their next two games. OWEN MCCUE With wins against MemThe Temple News phis, Southern Methodist and Through 10 games, some- Cincinnati, Temple looked like thing was off about the Owls. a different team, kicking off Going into the holiday break conference play with a 3-0 start. During the streak, Cardoza the team was 3-7 and coming saw her team resolve some of off four straight losses. the issues that plagued it at the Coach Tonya Cardoza’s beginning of the year. team had several problems. More known as a prolific Last year’s leading scorer rebounder in the early parts of and preseason all-conference the season, junior guard Feyonda UP NEXT Erica Covile Fitzgerald was transformed Owls at Connecticut struggling and into a domiJan. 14 at 7 p.m. not performing nant force over up to the expecthis stretch, providing the scortations she and her coach set for ing punch her team needed. herself after last season. Since Dec. 14, Covile has Without Fitzgerald’s scoraveraged 13.9 points per game ing, the Owls were also lacking to go with 10.3 rebounds per a go-to player whom they could contest. The guard, who plays run their offense around. much more like a forward, has With no classes during the reached double figures in eight holiday break, Temple used the of her last nine contests, includextra time to put in some exing eclipsing the 20-point mark tra work, attempt to better the twice. problems and become a better She was named American basketball team. Athletic Conference Player of “We have to focus on just the Week for her play during the basketball and getting in the week of Jan. 4. gym extra days working on our Often the Owls’ tallest game trying to get better as a player on the floor during the team,” Fitzgerald said. break, with forward Safiya MarAfter starting the holiday tin out with a lower-body inseason with a 30-point win jury, Covile said her quickness against Howard and a close loss to Big 5 rival Villanova, Tem- gives her an advantage over the

Erica Covile has emerged as a force on the offensive end.

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in 10th grade, Fitzgerald would be coming off the bench in a regulation basketball game. On the night before Temple played Memphis in its American Athletic Conference opener on Dec. 28, the Owls met for their usual pregame film session. After the players were dismissed following the meeting, coach Tonya Cardoza called Fitzgerald back. The seventh-year coach felt that Fitzgerald, who averaged nearly 13 points per game last season as an everyday starter, was in a slump and

I knew I was “ better than I was

performing. ... I wasn’t in it. I wasn’t focused.

Feyonda Fitzgerald | guard

needed some help getting out of it. “I was thinking about it, trying to do something to snap her out it,” Cardoza said. “She is a great talent,

bigger players that cover her. “Some of the big girls can’t guard me,” Covile said. “They’re slower than me, so I can get by them.” In addition to the emergence of Covile, Fitzgerald, who started the first 12 games of the season for Temple, found herself coming off the bench. The benching seemed to ignite a spark in the sophomore guard, as her play started to heat up in a sixth-man role. She has averaged 13.8 ppg since the move to the bench and has begun to show signs of the player she was last season. “When [Cardoza] didn’t start me, it opened my eyes and made we want it more,” Fitzgerald said after a 22-point performance in the Owls’ defeat of SMU on Dec. 30. The Owls (7-10, 3-1 The American) went 4-3 over the holiday break and went back to school tied for third in the conference standings. “I think that we’re young and if we start paying attention a little more maybe things will really work out for us,” Cardoza said of the team’s chances against the rest of the conference. “We still have a lot of games left and I think every day we’re learning something. Once we start putting it all together I think we can really make a run in the league.” * owen.mccue@temple.edu @Owen_McCue


but I think she was overthinking way too much and putting pressure on herself … I just wanted her to take a step back.” Fitzgerald, who shot more than 33 percent from the field once prior to facing Memphis that weekend, knew she was struggling and needed a change. “I knew I was better than I was performing … I wasn’t in it,” Fitzgerald said. “I wasn’t focused. I was out of it.” For Fitzgerald, the new role off the bench has helped her understand the game in a new way for an extended period, as she hasn’t started a game since a Dec. 22, 2013 loss to Villanova. “Sitting on the bench, it helps me see the game better,” Fitzgerald said. “I can see what is going on before I go in.” Cardoza has also noticed the effect of Fitzgerald’s new role. Since the Memphis game, Fitzgerald is averaging nearly 13 ppg while shooting 38 percent from the field. “She gets to sit and watch the game a little more,and now someone is in her ear while she is watching,” Cardoza said. “She is paying attention more to what needs to be done.” While Cardoza said it does not have to be permanent, she wants Fitzgerald to prove her wrong before she reverses the move. “I’m sure she wants to be a starter,” Cardoza said. “In practice every


Sophomore center Taylor Robinson shoots a hook shot during the team’s 52-50 loss against Penn on Jan. 5.


Sophomore guard Feyonda Fitzgerald (left) sits on the bench during a game last season.

day I told her, ‘I don’t want you to be content with this. In practice, you better be busting your butt to show me you

deserve to be back in there.’”

* michael.guise@temple.edu @Michael_Guise



While showing progress on the defensive end, the men’s basketball team continues to struggle hitting a high volume of shots. PAGE 18

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Junior Erica Covile helped the women’s basketball team find traction during the break, providing an offensive spark. PAGE 19

Senior guard Will Cummings suffered an injury, men’s soccer player Brendon Creed made the Trinidad & Tobago U-20 national team, other news and notes. PAGE 17





The Owls gained national attention after a 6-1 winter session, including an upset win against No. 10 Kansas. EJ SMITH Sports Editor

A day after the fall semester came to an end, Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman took the team bus with a uniform underneath their warm-ups for the first time. Against Delaware, the two transfer guards combined for 25 points, and helped spark a six-game winning streak featuring upset victories against then-No. 10 Kansas and conference foe Connecticut. Already eclipsing its win total from the year prior, the squad has reached 12 wins and received Associated Press Top 25 poll votes last week for the first time in nearly two years. During a six-game winning streak that dated back to the start of winter break, the Owls beat their opponents by an average of 12 points, a far cry from being outscored by an average of 0.6 points in the team’s first 10 matchups. The sudden shift of fortunes comes as no coincidence for one of the lineup’s two newcomers, as the winter break allows for more practice time. “I think [winter break] plays a big part in how you prepare for games,” Morgan said. “Your focus is always on just basketball, so having that much time to focus on your game and really watch film and go over things that you’re bad at … it plays a big part in what you’re doing and how you prepare for next game.” Through his first six games, Morgan averaged 14 points per game on a streaky 37 percent from the floor, but is currently shooting 40 percent from long range. Alongside Coleman, the newcomers have redefined the ceiling for the group, as players gain familiarity despite the six-game streak. “We’re really still figuring ourselves out as a group,” senior guard Will Cummings said following the team’s win against Kansas on Dec. 22, 2013. “We’re just really going into practice each and every day learning new stuff that we didn’t know about ourselves.” “[Morgan and Coleman] have helped out a lot. Those guys are great scorers,” Cummings added. “You can put the ball in their hands and trust them, that really takes a lot off my shoulders, just knowing you have guys next to you that are going to get it done.” During the beginning of the winter break, coach Fran Dunphy acknowledged the extra time together as an opportunity for his players to build a strong foundation as a team. “For the most part, we as coaches always think that the break is as good a time as any with your team,” Dunphy said. “There are a lot of opportunities to have with your group. There’s no school to worry about.” Cummings, who had his lone 10-assist performance during Morgan’s and Coleman’s first game, has increased his assists per game from 3.1 through the first CHIP FRENETTE TTN

Senior guard Jesse Morgan, a transfer from University of Massachusetts, shoots the ball during the Owls’ 77-52 upset win against Kansas.

Playing for a purpose

Fitzgerald embraces new role

John Anthony found his way back into ice hockey in part for his infant son, Brayden.

caught the eye of his coach, Ryan Frain. “To be honest, myself, I never thought the slap shot John Anthony’s slap shot was too effective,” Frain said. started on the golf course. “It takes a lot of time to get off The Owls’ defenseman and allows defenders to jump started playing hockey at 5 into shooting lanes and have years old, but developed his siga chance to nature slap block the shot when shot, but he used to with John’s chip-andit’s so hard, putt with his and he dad at Penn does have a Oaks Golf very quick Club when windup and he was 8 release … years old. it would be “A lot tough for me John Anthony | defenseman of that actuto want to ally came jump in front of his shot durfrom playing golf when I was ing a game or a practice for that younger,” Anthony said. “[It’s] matter.” just driving through. Some peoWhen Penn State forward ple have the tendency to shoot Abraham Edson decided to off their back foot rather than take that chance in a game on leaning into it [and] putting Nov. 22, Anthony’s shot hit him their weight into it.” squarely on the helmet. Anthony’s windup and ex-


The former starter has been moved to the sixth-man role. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News It’s halftime in Norfolk, Virginia at a Fairlawn Elementary School basketball game, and the crowd roars as Feyonda Fitzgerald and her teammates hit the floor. As the team sets up and prepares, the crowd cheers as the squad lines up at center court and faces the stands. Fitzgerald and her team readies to perform – not as basketball players, but cheerleaders. A young Fitzgerald then spins and waves her pompoms in the usual routine, cheering on the players that she longed to join.


[My son] is “ always in the back


Sophomore forward Feyonda Fitzgerald has averaged 13.9 points per game since Dec. 14.

For the Lake Taylor native, cheerleading wasn’t her activity of choice. “I tried it and I didn’t like it at all,” Fitzgerald said. “So, I went back to basketball and ever since then I’ve been playing my whole life.” Cheerleading was something her father, Francell Penn, wanted her to try. The sophomore guard

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obliged, but always knew her heart was in basketball. Since the first time she picked up a ball at 5 years old, she’d been in love with the game. Playing for her father’s co-ed recreation league team, Fitzgerald learned what it would take to succeed as a player. For Penn, Fitzgerald was just another player learning the game under his tutelage.

“He was my dad, but on the court he was more of my coach and just trying to help me get better,” Fitzgerald said. “He would push me and if I wasn’t doing things right, he would make me run.” But this season, Fitzgerald learned another lesson of the game. For the first time since she was



of my mind as to who I am doing this for.

ecution on the trademark shot


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Volume 93 Issue 15  

Issue for Tuesday January 13 2015

Volume 93 Issue 15  

Issue for Tuesday January 13 2015


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